Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne to David Prain, [Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew] on 21 April 1912.
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Transcriber: Sloyan, Victoria
Transcription date: March 15, 2013
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April 21st. 1912
L[ieutenan]t. Col[onel]. D. Prain3
The information you have been so good as to send me about the flowering of Doryanthes Pulmeri4 [sic] after having been 25 years (nearly) at Kew, is rather discouraging for me. I shall therefore try the effect of keeping it without water this summer. As the interior of Queensland is subject to [] frequent droughts it is quite possible that the plant can stand them without injury & be made to flower by them.
I hardly like to beg any more plants of you, but if you have any surplus stock of Alpine plants, of any kinds, I should be very glad of any species whatever, as I have some suitable rock beds still unstocked, & even the commoner [] will be very acceptable.
Believe me | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
P.S. I have flowered this year from seed planted six years ago, -- Beschorneria Wrightii5, (I think) as the flower panicle is fully 8 feet high. I enclose a few flowers showing the change from deep green to yellow & red as they get older.
Not B. Wrightii which has very hairy flowers, but probably B. bracteata Jacobi6 (Bot[anical]. Mag[azine]. t. 66.41).7
Write again in autumn9
1. Written in ink in a different handwriting.
2. Written in pencil.
3. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir David Prain (1857-1944), Scottish botanist. He became Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1905.
4. Doryanthes Palmeri is commonly known as the Giant Spear Lily.
5. Beschorneria Wrightii is a species of succulent plant.
6. Beschorneria bracteata Jacobi is a species of succulent plant.
7. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine is an illustrated publication which was begun in 1787 by William Curtis (1746-1799) an English botanist and entomologist.
8. Writing is obscured by tape placed over the edge of the paper.
9. Written up the left-hand margin of page 2 in different handwriting.
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