To Joseph Hooker   9 July 1879



Without wishing to be intrusive or immodest, dear Sir Joseph, I like to ask, whether a fragment of Eucalyptus oligantha could be spared at Kew? It is of course important, that I should have for the "Atlas"1 every described species, to refer to. We have still much to learn regarding the Eucalypts, and I like to make their knowledge on my part as extensive & as complete as I can.2

Regardfully always your

Ferd. von Mueller.


Other species, not represented in the Museum-collections here, are: E. tectifica,3 E. patellaris, E. orbifolia; E. fibrosa and not a single specimen can I find of E. siderophloia; perhaps they are mislaid, or could they have accidentally all have remained at Kew?4


Eucalyptus fibrosa

Eucalyptus oligantha

Eucalyptus orbifolia

Eucalyptus patellaris,

Eucalyptus siderophloia

Eucalyptus tectifica

B79.13.11 etc.
MS annotation by [Hooker?]: 'Sept. 2. 79 Prof Oliver [and] Sept. 3 [Letter not found]. Enclosed [Olivers] note to the effect that none of the specimens cd. be spared.'
tectifica is marked in the central margin with a cross.

The comment 'remained at Kew' refers to the transmission of the Eucalypts to Kew by M for the preparation of Flora australiensis.

There is a vertical line and'found by Mueller', apparently by Hooker, in the central margin next to `E. siderophloia . . . Kew?'. See M to W. Thiselton-Dyer, 24 December 1879, in which M announces that he has found specimens of E. siderophloia.

Please cite as “FVM-79-07-09b,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 18 September 2021,