In search of the origins of observations of heterostyly
Last updated: 20 Sep, 2017
In 1860, Charles Darwin had an epiphany. This was not an epiphany on the origin of species ... This epiphany, which Darwin shared in a letter to his friend Joseph Dalton Hooker, was that flowers in the genus Primula display two distinct forms which differ in the length of the pistil's styles and the height of the stamen's anthers.
A Biodiversity Heritage Library blog post highlights a historical Tansley review by Professor Philip M. Gilmartin. For the review, published in New Phytologist in 2015, Gilmartin sought out the earliest observations of heterostyly, making extensive use of the Biodiversity Heritage Library's online resources.
Engraving of Darwin's study at Down House where he undertook his studies on Primula heterostyly in the 1860's. pic.twitter.com/a9GfCgoJDw— Phil Gilmartin (@PMGilmartin) September 15, 2017
Read the Tansley review for free to uncover the the origins of observations of heterostyly: Gilmartin, P. M. (2015) On the origins of observations of heterostyly in Primula. New Phytologist, 208: 39–51. doi: 10.1111/nph.13558
Read the BHL blog post here.
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Mike Whitfield (@mgwhitfield)