From George Bentham   13 January 1873


Jany 13 18731

My dear Sir

Since I last wrote a box has been dispatched to you containing the whole of the remainder of your Dicotyledons including the supplemental parcels lately received. I found but little among the latter to add to what I had done before. Two or perhaps three additional Euphorbiaceae from Dallachy, amongst them one which I have called Macaranga subdentata which I may have confounded with M. inamoena in the former parcels and may be only a variety — additional specimens coming after a genus has been worked up are not very satisfactory as they occasion a great deal of waste of time in going over again the ground that has been already worked up and I have therefore passed over without detailed examination a great many specimens which have appeared to me identical with species already described but require dissection to ascertain that identity. Amongst the Thymeleae was a new and very marked Pimelea from Queensland which you had referred to P. spicata but is very different in the perianth and in some other respects. In a parcel received by the last mail was a Phyllanthus (sect Synostemon) from Lachlan River Lockhart Moreton — a male specimen of which I had already received a female one from Mr Prentice from Brisbane and which is new.2

I commence printing the 6th vol immediately. I am now in the midst of Orchideae and have got through Oberonia Liparis Dendrobium Bolbophyllum. Hitherto I find the species well marked but I fear the terrestrial ones will be much more difficult However so much has been done by Brown Lindley yourself young Reichenbach and others that I hope to get through much more rapidly than with some of the previous Orders

I trust that in pursuance of my Novr letter3 you have kindly dispatched the remaining Monocotyledons with inferior ovaries — Apostasieae Burmanniaceae including Tacca, Hydrocharidae Scitamineae Irideae Amaryllideae Haemodoraceae Hypoxideae and Dioscoreae — and I doubt whether I may not have to include also the Apocarpous Orders Alismaceae etc & the Aroid group for the Dicotyledons will barely make up half the volume.

I found with the specimens that came by the last mail a note to you from Queensland about the missing copies of my 5th volume.4 I wrote to the Government Secretary of Queensland about them last summer and can only repeat what I said then showing that the matter is entirely out of my hands[.]5 I have been again to the publishers and to the Queensland Agent to verify the facts and repeat the statement of them in the enclosed loose sheet6

I begin now to feel very impatient to get to the end of this Flora for I am old and feel that my faculties may soon be impaired. I fear however that after this sixth volume I shall have again to pause as I have engaged to finish the Brasilian Leguminosae (Mimoseae) for Eichler7 — and I must do my part of Genera Plantarum. The printing of the new part proceeds steadily but slowly the 24th sheet is in type but there are still 6 or 7 to print. I will send you a copy as soon as it is out.8

Ever my dear Sir

Yours sincerely

George Bentham


Baron v. Mueller
















Macaranga inamoena

Macaranga subdentata




Phyllanthus sect.Synostemon

Pimelea spicata




MS annotation by M at head of letter: 'Bernays'.
Bentham (1863-78), vol. 6, p. 98, cautiously described the species as P. thesioides , but the name was preoccupied by a species described in 1863.
See G. Bentham to M, 19 November 1872.
Note not found. See M to G. Bentham, July 1871 (in this edition as 71-07-00d).
editorial addition.
M sent the enclosed sheet to Bernays; see M to G. Bentham, 23 March 1873.
Bentham (1876).
Bentham & Hooker (1862-83), vol. 2, part 1.

Please cite as “FVM-73-01-13,” in Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, edited by R.W. Home, Thomas A. Darragh, A.M. Lucas, Sara Maroske, D.M. Sinkora, J.H. Voigt and Monika Wells accessed on 22 September 2023,