To William Thiselton-Dyer   7 May 1881



I feel much beholden to you, dear Mr Dyer, for sending me the flowers of Benthams Euc. stricta,1 which prove that very pardonably two species are confounded by our illustrious friend, under that name. The flowers may belong to E. crebra, a narrow leaved var. of which resembles somewhat E. stricta.

If I had only one leaf, I might determine what species of the Micranthereae or Poranthereae it is which became mixed at Kew with E. Stricta, the latter being strictly renantherous.

I can get nothing printed in the Gov. Office at present, through pressure of parliamentary & Census-Work.

How I do envey Sir Joseph & Dr Gray for their delightful travels through S Europe!2 Give them both my expressions of kind regards, when you write.

With best salutation your

Ferd. von Mueller.


We are daily expecting the arrival of the young Princes of Wales.3

Imagine my feelings out of my gardens, where I still could show HRH Prince Alfred round in 1867.


Eucalyptus crebra

Eucalyptus (sect. Micranthereae)

Eucalyptus (sect. Poranthereae)

Eucalyptus stricta

See M to J. Hooker, 16 January 1881.
J. Hooker and his wife toured Europe with Asa Gray and his wife in the spring of 1881; see Gray (1894), vol. 2, pp. 701-25.
Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence (1864-92), and George Frederick Ernest Albert (1865-1936), Duke of York (later King George V), were sent in 1879 by their father, Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) on a 3-year cruise of the Mediterranean and the British colonies in HMS Bacchante. The Princes visited Albany (WA), then Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, Sydney and Brisbane; see DNB and also Dalton (1886).

Please cite as “FVM-81-05-07,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 26 October 2021,