From Joseph Hooker   18 December 1868

Dec 18/681

Dear Dr Mueller

I have forwarded your despatches to the Hort. Socy as you desire & do not doubt but that they may be found useful for their Journal.2

Thanks for the Contributions to Phytography of V.DL.3 which I was very glad to get. I do not at all, as you suppose regard you as a poacher on my manor.4 My Tasmanian work is over long ago & with it all claim to consideration on that score. You have marked Polycarpon with an asterisk but will find it at p. cvii.5 Why do you doubt its being only naturalized?6 Veronica peregrina & Gypsophila tubulosa are also undoubtedly introductions7

Please fill up enclosed card8 and return it. — I have hung Leichardt's9 portrait in the Museum.

This mail takes out to you a bag of seed of the Zizania aquatica. They say it takes long to germinate. Plant it where birds cannot get at it.


J D Hooker


Gypsophila tubulosa


Veronica peregrina

Zizania aquatica

MS embossed with seal of the 'Royal Gardens Kew'.
See M to J. Hooker, 10 October 1868 (in this edition as 68-10-10a). B70.13.02 was read at the meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society on 15 June 1869.
Van Diemen's Land (i.e. Tasmania). See B69.13.03.
See M to J. Hooker, 10 October 1868 (in this edition as 68-10-10a).
J. Hooker (1855-60), in a list of naturalized plants.
See entry for Polycarpon titraphyllum (sic: tetraphyllum), B69.13.03, p. 9, where M wrote that it ‘may not be originally indigenous’; asterisks in M's list indicated plants not in J. Hooker (1855-60).
M marked both Veronica peregrina and Gysophila tubulosa with an asterisk.
Not identified.
i.e. Leichhardt.

Please cite as “FVM-68-12-18,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 16 October 2021,