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Document number: 2900
Date: 31 May 1834
Recipient: BENTHAM George
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Collection number: v10 d3740
Last updated: 1st September 2003

Sackville St no 31.

May 31st 1834

Dear Sir,

I send you a specimen of Sideritis purpurea. It differs I believe in having light purple flowers from every other species of the genus, except S. rosea, of Desfontaines: and from that it differs in having whorls of 6 flowers –

In S. rosea the flowers grow only 2 together.

It is the “Sideritis Cretica maxima Ocymi Valentini facie”, of Tournefort, as appears by a specimen in Willdenow’s herbarium at Berlin but which specimen bears a ticket with that name in the handwriting of Gundelsheimer, but though known to Tournefort it appears quite unknown to modern botanists – nor is the specimen I mention in W’s herbarium referred there to any species, but left doubtful.

Grows in Cornfields & waste ground, flowers in April. –

Believe me to be
Yours very truly

H. F. Talbot

G. Bentham Esqre
Horticultural Society

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