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BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH
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Royal Botanic G-ardens,
Kew. Surrey, l?'ebruary l?th, 1920.
Dear Prof. Balfour,
I enclose two Rliododendrons grov;n here as oreodoxH. Fr. Mr. Hutchinson has been looking into the matter and he thinks that No. 1, with green under surface of leaf, bulging corppanulate corolla find nearly glabrous (not glandular) pedicels, is Frarichet's true oreodoxa: and that No. P> with ali^^tly glaucous pa.pillous leaves, glandular pedicels and narrow funnel-shaped corolla, is Graib's h pemat o c h i 1 utn.
you confiriT? ?lr. Hutchinson's conclusions ? He has only Franchet's description of R. oreodoxa to work upon. Have you by chance a type specimen from Mupin, the locus classi-cus ?
on loan from Paris in order to settle the question of oreo-doxa.
Have you gone into this question at all, ?j?d can
If you have not, we must see if we can get it
Yours very truly,
Prof. I. Bayley-Balfour, M.B. , F.H.S.
BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH
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iiULni: /ou very much for your letter atout
and i'ot te.e i3peeii.:.-:.na of-irC'-. uF;i)BOXA^.
I stell write
13 you ially Ifter. ? iLia io' only r;- note of aoknos?-
le-^j'^-'^-nt ani to b?'-y t-i?'t --.''.ould r^ot y^it your .-0,1 in, KH. It = . ^-vlj fire lo"bea to t'lP ::r:rollc. ^
t . V .p;. is, ' : :? '_^JS ?
I iiavc no u"u"bt aliout tiie pla?it Iranchet
de-a-.iri'bed as u., xrtr ./s l^v-? ^"^ne o?' ije"id's
':;apin,i spocimei?-. ?lia dou"bt is - iuri'- any oX ?.ilDon's spscij-'ena j&^ranchet ? : ". ?? 'JX.. ; end is eny one of the
plants cultivated under the ne-is really ? nc??et'G speciea'-Certainly Wilson 1211-from Mupin?i, ti-c onl:/' ' ilsoniaia specimen we hEve, ?3 not l ?nchet's plant End 1 ^ave not yet seen in cultivation - I suppose til of those are fro. t 'Ulson's seed - any plant that 1 would without Ixesitrtion call ML CRT?Onr.-; , ?mr'Cliet. TieMer and v.ilson admit their plant differrs froiii ?;hEt i-ranchet's describes "but they ignorfc the difference. it is really more than t>iey
i or some yearn I liave tfC-eii. behind t^iin :iue3-tion of rii. C>E};-(/j)0/u , Imnciiet and its for.s ??\1 have accuaulc-ted a ni?nber of living plants from 'Hifervent sources. unfortunately no one of our planta h&a yet flowered . ?riends hO?;ever in dxiterma. qucrtnrB ha.ve sent to me truasea, end they ?uffice to Euiot- tlmt thes'e is more than one species in cultivation under the nam? Kii, OKIDJX);^. i.upiiig is a wid? re?icn rnd unfortun-. f-,tely '"ilson never gives latituJi u i. refer?-? -j"". ?he evidence we 'hy' tells thtt .-u C ?JO::.'. in l v/idely spref^a phylum showing mny vfc.ri^^?.tionD. ?
is someone to go ergsin ?u I.uping.l
?xourn ror^-'^ truly,