To William Thiselton-Dyer1    3 May 1890



In shipping for you, dear Mr Dyer, the two Zamia Dyeri,3 I found, that one was slightly rotten at the bottom of the stem. The decayed portion has been carefully removed, but it would be well, to examine the plant again carefully before it is put in soil, as it may need the charcoal-treatment.4 I presume you were and continued successful with the Macrozamia Moorei, after you submitted it to amputation.5 Write occasionally a note, how seeds and plants from here succeed, as it cheers me much,6 and as now and them a memorandum about this might be given to you by a foreman, without loss of time. Thus I do not know now, whether you have or have not the Telopea oreades growing.7 So I send seeds once more. If you have the two plants finally flowering alongside each other, you will see that T. oreades differs specifically from T. truncata;8 so the error in gen. pl. that only two Telopeas can be admitted should be corrected. 9 I am just passing the 9th part10 of the Papuan plants through the press, and the 10th will soon follow;11 indeed I trust to get through the whole of Forbes and Baeuerlens plants in the course of this year.

Regardfully your

Ferd. von Mueller.


Can we hope for an early suppl. of the genera plantarum? Some one might be tempted to compile one from existing literature; this grand work leaves us now occasionally helpless, particularly the earlier volumes.

If you have already safely growing the first sent Macrozamia Dyeri,12 will you then put one of the present lot into your next case for Regel, as he seems to have the largest collection of Cycadeae beyond Kew.



Only one case is for you,13 the two others are for the continent, but as they have all been put on one bill of lading, you will get yours through Mess. Watson & Scull.



Macrozamia Dyeri

Macrozamia Moorei

Telopea oreades

Telopea truncata

Zamia Dyeri


MS black edged — M's brother-in-law George Doughty died on 26 March 1890.

Date stamped Royal Gardens Kew 18. Jun. 90. Annotated by Thiselton-Dyer: And 13.7.90 (letter not found).

The date on the postscript shows that the letter was not sent immediately.
Name not in IPNI; Encephalartos dyeri ? See M to W. Thiselton-Dyer, 18 October 1881 (in this edition as 81-10-18a), n. 2.
Marginal annotation by W. Watson: done.

Marginal annotation by W. Watson: Yes.

See 'Tenacity of life in a Cycad', Gardeners' chronicle , 9 February 1889, p. 177, which reports that a stem received on 1 June 1882 (See M to w. Thiselton-Dyer, 8 May 1882 [in this edition as 82-05-08a]) was restored to growth after being taken from its pot and the dead bottom section removed.  

Interlined annotation by W. Watson: As a rule will.
Interlined annotation by W. Watson: Small plant from his seeds.
Marginal annotation by W. Watson: We have this too; and presumably by Watson: Truncata.
Bentham & J. Hooker (1862-83), vol. 3, p. 184; however, Bentham (1863-78), vol.. 5, p. 534 lists three species.
The 10th part was apparently never issued, although galley proofs (B91.13.01) exist in the library of the National Herbarium, Melbourne.
This name was not published until 1930, as a recombination by transferring the species from Encephalartos : see APNI.
Interlined annotation by W. Watson: only one recd.

Please cite as “FVM-90-05-03,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 28 January 2022,