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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Frank Young Henderson

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/14/224


29 February 1920

Extent and medium of the unit of description



Name of creator

Henderson | Frank Young | 1894-: | plant physiologist, Imperial College, London

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Frank Young Henderson who states that there is little to tell since his arrival in Nigeria. There is very little of not botanically as the country is nearing the end of its dry season and everything is withered or scorched by bushfires. He notes two striking things: a corn-cockle which grows in an unaltered condition in Nigeria and an ordinary composite which has assumed a cactus like form. He tells Bower that there will be very little botany to do until the start of the wet season but that he will try to send samples back then. He relates a native belief regarding the growth of plants which states that the plant grows to escape the odiferous environment underground.





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