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Wallace explains flower anatomy

Wallace explains flower anatomy (page 1)

Catalogue number: WP1/2/32

Letter from Wallace to his daughter Violet with instructions on how to look at the anatomy of a flower and about the delay of books being sent, dated June 1893.

Wallace describes how to dissect a flower. He sketches the parts of a flower and labels the main features (petals, stamens, stigma). Violet was a primary school teacher. The purpose of this lesson could have been for Violet then to teach it to her own students, or possibly it was just to develop their shared passion for botany. Ever the naturalist, Wallace shows a keen eye for detail.

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