Sense Organs in the Vegetable Kingdom


MR. HUXLEY has truly said1 that “perhaps the most remarkable service to the philosophy of biology rendered by Mr. Darwin is the reconciliation of teleology and morphology, and the explanation of the facts of both, which his views offer.” Prof. Haberlandt is a devoted adherent to the school of evolutionary teleology; one of his earliest publications (in 1877) was a study of the protective adaptations of seedlings, and the desire to understand the meaning of every detail of plant-structure is still4 the key to his activity. It has led him, following the footsteps of Schwendener, to specialise in what he names physiological anatomy, which might with equal propriety be termed teleological or adaptive anatomy. Haberlandt's book,2 in which he elucidates the minuter structure of plants from this point of view, is a recognised classic and is found in every botanical library in the world. The present work will, we think, only add to his reputation as an investigator.

Sinnesorgane in Pflanzenreich zur Perception mechanischer Reize.

Von Dr. G. Haberlandt Professor an der Universität Graz. Pp. viii + 163; 6 plates. (Leipzig: Engelmann, 1901.) Price 9s. net.

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  1. 1

    Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, ii. p. 201.

  2. 2

    Physiologische Pflanzenanatomie. 1st Edit. 1884, 2nd Edit. 1896. (Leipzig: Engelmann.)

  3. 3

    The earliest popular statement of this point of view was published by the writer of this notice in NATURE, 1878, vol. xvii. pp. 390, 411, &c.

  4. 4

    Haberlandt Physiologische Pflanzenanatomie, Edit, ii., p. 481.

  5. 5

    See also Haberlandt Physiologische Pflanzenanatomie, Edit. ii., 1896, p. 478.

  6. 6

    Haberlandt, Physiologische Pflanzenanatomie, Edit, ii., 1896, p. 480.

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DARWIN, F. Sense Organs in the Vegetable Kingdom . Nature 65, 529–530 (1902).

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