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Two Notes from India

Nature volume 85, page 73 (17 November 1910) | Download Citation



I AM writing to report a rather curious freak lily which I have lately seen out here. It was a garden variety, and it possessed a perianth of eight segments, which, however, is not unusual, but it also possessed eight stamens, the anthers of which were joined together in pairs, the remainders of these organs being separate. The union began about two-thirds of the way down from their apices, and from then up was complete. If any of your readers can suggest a cause I shall be glad to know it; I have never seen such a condition before. I may say that the rest of the organs were normal (there was only one flower on the plant), and both flower and plant were very healthy.

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  1. Jubbulpore, Central Provinces, India, October 20.

    • J. H. BARBOUR


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