From Joseph Hooker   8 November 1880

Nov. 8 /81

My dear Von Mueller

Are you sure that what you have sent me as the "young leaf of Ptychosperma Normanbyana"1 belongs to that species — it does not resemble a Pt. leaf in texture & indumentum I think.

Certainly Bacularia must be retained but I am not sure that Kentia minor belongs to it. I have not yet determined.

Oliver doubts if the material for drawing Chloanthes Elderi is good enough to get a plate up for the Icones. Fitch having given up work has driven us to very inferior artists for botanical drawing, & I was for long in the utmost straits in regard to the Magazine — my daughter Mrs Dyer did some but she has now a family to attend to. My sister in law (Prof Henslow's youngest dau.) Mrs Barnard (A. B.) draws beautifully but is an invalid residing near Cheltenham. I have been for 2 years training a distant relative, a Miss Smith (M. S. of Bot Mag) who will I think do well & who has just begun lithography.

Bentham is in anxiety Mrs B. having broken her leg. She is 82 years old, & is doing well.

I am still fighting with Palms.

Very sincerely yr

Jos D Hooker



Chloanthes Elderi

Ptychosperma Normanbyana

P. normanbyi ? See M to J. Hooker, 1 January 1881, n. 2.

Please cite as “FVM-80-11-08,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 28 September 2021,