To William Thiselton-Dyer   6 April 1886



By this post, dear Mr Dyer, I have sent as an experiment cuttings of Correa Lawrenciana, var. coccinea,1 in waxcloth and moss. It is doubtful, whether this sending will reach you safely, but I got Buddlea2 cuttings across to Madras in this manner alive.

This Correa should be more valuable than any other to you, not only because Sir W. Hooker named and described it, but also because it grows to the size of a very tall shrub or even small tree, bears some frost, it being almost subalpine and having as brilliantly red a corolla as C. speciosa var. cardinales, the flowers being also more numerous.

The cuttings may be too thin; but I am promised, on my request, some stronger ones from the solitary locality, where as yet only the red flowered variety has been found. I discovered it in 1873.3

I have sent Prof. Luerssen a few ferns from New Guinea, which I was bound to do in return for a large collection of dried plants from him. I mention this, so that you and Mr Baker may not think, that I have in this respect altogether foresaken Kew.4


your Ferd. von Mueller.


Best thanks for various Poona seeds5 and for information on Senecio



Correa Lawrenciana var. coccinea

Correa speciosa var. cardinales


This variety is not listed in APNI. M had previously sent this species to Kew: see M to J. Hooker, 4 October 1876.
See M to R. Ramsay, August 1874 (in this edition as 74-08-00).
For Kew’s reaction to M’s sending ferns to Luerssen, see notes to M to W. Thiselton-Dyer, 17 February 1886.
M to W. Thiselton-Dyer, 17 February 1886, included thanks for seeds from another Indian locality.

Please cite as “FVM-86-04-06a,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 20 September 2021,