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THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF FLOWERS ON PLANTS OF THE SAME SPECIES

by CHARLES DARWIN, M.A., F.R.S.

TO

PROFESSOR ASA GRAY

THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED BY THE AUTHOR AS A SMALL TRIBUTE OF RESPECT AND AFFECTION.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

CHAPTER I. HETEROSTYLED DIMORPHIC PLANTS: PRIMULACEAE.

Primula veris or the cowslip.--Differences in structure between the two forms.-- Their degrees of fertility when legitimately and illegitimately united.--P. elatior, vulgaris, Sinensis, auricula, etc.--Summary on the fertility of the heterostyled species of Primula.--Homostyled species of Primula.--Hottonia palustris.--Androsace vitalliana.

CHAPTER II. HYBRID PRIMULAS.

The oxlip a hybrid naturally produced between Primula veris and vulgaris.--The differences in structure and function between the two parent-species.--Effects of crossing long-styled and short-styled oxlips with one another and with the two forms of both parent-species.--Character of the offspring from oxlips artificially self-fertilised and cross-fertilised in a state of nature.--Primula elatior shown to be a distinct species.--Hybrids between other heterostyled species of Primula.--Supplementary note on spontaneously produced hybrids in the genus Verbascum.

CHAPTER III. HETEROSTYLED DIMORPHIC PLANTS--continued.

Linum grandiflorum, long-styled form utterly sterile with own-form pollen.-- Linum perenne, torsion of the pistils in the long-styled form alone.--Homostyled species of Linum.--Pulmonaria officinalis, singular difference in self-fertility between the English and German long-styled plants.--Pulmonaria angustifolia shown to be a distinct species, long-styled form completely self-sterile.-- Polygonum fagopyrum.--Various other heterostyled genera.--Rubiaceae.--Mitchella repens, fertility of the flowers in pairs.--Houstonia.--Faramea, remarkable difference in the pollen-grains of the two forms; torsion of the stamens in the short-styled form alone; development not as yet perfect.--The heterostyled structure in the several Rubiaceous genera not due to descent in common.

CHAPTER IV. HETEROSTYLED TRIMORPHIC PLANTS.

Lythrum salicaria.--Description of the three forms.--Their power and complex manner of fertilising one another.--Eighteen different unions possible.--Mid- styled form eminently feminine in nature.--Lythrum Graefferi likewise trimorphic.--L. hymifolia dimorphic.--L. hyssopifolia homostyled.--Nesaea verticillata trimorphic.--Lagerstroemia, nature doubtful.--Oxalis, trimorphic species of.--O. Valdiviana.--O. Regnelli, the illegitimate unions quite barren.- -O. speciosa.--O. sensitiva.--Homostyled species of Oxalis.--Pontederia, the one monocotyledonous genus known to include heterostyled species.

CHAPTER V. ILLEGITIMATE OFFSPRING OF HETEROSTYLED PLANTS.

Illegitimate offspring from all three forms of Lythrum salicaria.--Their dwarfed stature and sterility, some utterly barren, some fertile.--Oxalis, transmission of form to the legitimate and illegitimate seedlings.--Primula Sinensis, illegitimate offspring in some degree dwarfed and infertile.--Equal-styled varieties of P. Sinensis, auricula, farinosa, and elatior.--P. vulgaris, red- flowered variety, illegitimate seedlings sterile.--P. veris, illegitimate plants raised during several successive generations, their dwarfed stature and sterility.--Equal-styled varieties of P. veris.--Transmission of form by Pulmonaria and Polygonum.--Concluding remarks.--Close parallelism between illegitimate fertilisation and hybridism.

CHAPTER VI. CONCLUDING REMARKS ON HETEROSTYLED PLANTS.

The essential character of heterostyled plants.--Summary of the differences in fertility between legitimately and illegitimately fertilised plants.--Diameter of the pollen-grains, size of anthers and structure of stigma in the different forms.--Affinities of the genera which include heterostyled species.--Nature of the advantages derived from heterostylism.--The means by which plants became heterostyled.--Transmission of form.--Equal-styled varieties of heterostyled plants.--Final remarks.

CHAPTER VII. POLYGAMOUS, DIOECIOUS, AND GYNO-DIOECIOUS PLANTS.

The conversion in various ways of hermaphrodite into dioecious plants.-- Heterostyled plants rendered dioecious.--Rubiaceae.--Verbenaceae.--Polygamous and sub-dioecious plants.--Euonymus.--Fragaria.--The two sub-forms of both sexes of Rhamnus and Epigaea.--Ilex.--Gyno-dioecious plants.--Thymus, difference in fertility of the hermaphrodite and female individuals.--Satureia.--Manner in which the two forms probably originated.--Scabiosa and other gyno-dioecious plants.--Difference in the size of the corolla in the forms of polygamous, dioecious, and gyno-dioecious plants.

CHAPTER VIII. CLEISTOGAMIC FLOWERS.

General character of cleistogamic flowers.--List of the genera producing such flowers, and their distribution in the vegetable series.--Viola, description of the cleistogamic flowers in the several species; their fertility compared with that of the perfect flowers.--Oxalis acetosella.--O. sensitiva, three forms of cleistogamic flowers.--Vandellia.--Ononis.--Impatiens.--Drosera.--Miscellaneous observations on various other cleistogamic plants.--Anemophilous species producing cleistogamic flowers.--Leersia, perfect flowers rarely developed.-- Summary and concluding remarks on the origin of cleistogamic flowers.--The chief conclusions which may be drawn from the observations in this volume.

INDEX.

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THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF FLOWERS ON PLANTS OF THE SAME SPECIES.

INTRODUCTION.

The subject of the present volume, namely the differently formed flowers normally produced by certain kinds of plants, either on the same stock or on distinct stocks, ought to have been treated by a professed botanist, to which distinction I can lay no claim. As far as the sexual relations of flowers are concerned, Linnaeus long ago divided them into hermaphrodite, monoecious, dioecious, and polygamous species. This fundamental distinction, with the aid of several subdivisions in each of the four classes, will serve my purpose; but the classification is artificial, and the groups often pass into one another.

The hermaphrodite class contains two interesting sub-groups, namely, heterostyled and cleistogamic plants; but there are several other less important subdivisions, presently to be given, in which flowers differing in various ways from one another are produced by the same species.

Some plants were described by me several years ago, in a series of papers read before the Linnean Society, the individuals of which exist under two or three forms, differing in the length of their pistils and stamens and in other respects. (Introduction/1. "On the Two Forms or Dimorphic Condition in the Species of Primula, and on their remarkable Sexual Relations" 'Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society' volume 6 1862 page 77. "On the Existence of Two Forms, and on their Reciprocal Sexual Relation, in several Species of the Genus Linum" Ibid volume 7 1863 page 69. "On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum salicaria" Ibid volume 8 1864 page 169. "On the Character and Hybrid-like Nature of the Offspring from the Illegitimate Unions of Dimorphic and Trimorphic Plants" Ibid volume 10 1868 page 393. "On the Specific Differences between Primula veris, Brit. Fl. (var. officinalis, Linn.), P. vulgaris, Brit. Fl. (var. acaulis, Linn.), and P. elatior, Jacq.; and on the Hybrid Nature of the Common oxlip. With Supplementary Remarks on Naturally Produced Hybrids in the Genus Verbascum" Ibid volume 10 1868 page 437.) They were called by me dimorphic and trimorphic, but have since been better named by Hildebrand, heterostyled. (Introduction/2. The term "heterostyled" does not express all the differences between the forms; but this is a failure common in many cases. As the term has been adopted by writers in various countries, I am unwilling to change it for that of heterogone or heterogonous, though this has been proposed by so high an authority as Professor Asa Gray: see the 'American Naturalist' January 1877 page 42.) As I have many still unpublished observations with respect to these plants, it has seemed to me advisable to republish my former papers in a connected and corrected form, together with the new matter. It will be shown that these heterostyled plants are adapted for reciprocal fertilisation; so that the two or three forms, though all are hermaphrodites, are related to one another almost like the males and females of ordinary unisexual animals. I will also give a full abstract of such observations as have been published since the appearance of my papers; but only those cases will be noticed, with respect to which the evidence seems fairly satisfactory. Some plants have been supposed to be heterostyled merely from their pistils and stamens varying greatly in length, and I have been myself more than once thus deceived. With some species the pistil continues growing for a long time, so that if old and young flowers are compared they might be thought to be heterostyled. Again, a species tending to become dioecious, with the stamens reduced in some individuals and with the pistils in others, often presents a deceptive appearance. Unless it be proved that one form is fully fertile only when it is fertilised with pollen from another form, we have not complete evidence that the species is heterostyled. But when the pistils and stamens differ in length in two or three sets of individuals, and this is accompanied by a difference in the size of the pollen-grains or in the state of the stigma, we may infer with much safety that the species is heterostyled. I have, however, occasionally trusted to a difference between the two forms in the length of the pistil alone, or in the length of the stigma together with its more or less


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