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Variegation in Flowers and Fruits

Nature volume 52, page 295 | Download Citation



REFERRING to a letter by Mr. Newnham Browne, in NATURE of July 11, describing a parti-coloured rose, it may be of interest to state that a somewhat similar occurrence in the case of an apple is recorded by Mr. Darwin in his “Animals and Plants under Domestication” (vol. i. pp. 392–3). The reference is to a specimen which I brought from Canada, and of which I sent him a careful drawing. In this specimen it appeared as if a smooth-skinned bright green apple had been cut in half and joined to a rough brown pomme-gris. The line of junction was perfectly sharp, but not quite symmetrical, the brown portion extending over the whole of the bud, while the green just included the stalk. I was told that similar instances sometimes were found on the tree from which it was gathered.

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  1. Stokesay Vicarage, Craven Arms, July 12.

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