To William Thiselton-Dyer1    15 April 1890



Allow me to ask, dear Mr Dyer, whether the Alsophila Capensis, as occuring in (or recorded from) S. Afr., the Sunda Islands (and perhaps elsewhere in insular India) and in S. America has undisputably been established, by comparing in Conservatories or in bot Museums also the stems from these three regions.3


your Ferd. von Mueller.4


Alsophila Capensis

MS black edged — M's brother-in-law George Doughty died on 26 March 1890.
Date stamped Royal Gardens Kew 26. May. 90. Annotated by Thiselton-Dyer: And 13.7.90 (letter not found).
See M to W. Thiselton-Dyer, 27 March 1890.

Annotation by J. Baker, left page of f. 318 front:

We have in Herb. Kew. good specimens of the Brazilian Hemitelia capensis from Gardner & Glazion, shewing both normal and […] [massed] pinnae, quite undistinguishable in any way from the Cape specimens. Our specimen of the Javan plant, from Blume, is a mere scrap, but shews [cutting] & sori. I am not aware that either the Brazilian or Javan plant has been introduced into cultivation.


May 26 1890

Please cite as “FVM-90-04-15a,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 27 November 2021,