Home / News
Literature Page: Search
Searching for: mistletoe within the works of Charles Darwin
The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, page 13 in Chapter 0:
In the case of the mistletoe, which draws its nourishment from certain trees, which has seeds that must be transported by certain birds, and which has flowers with separate sexes absolutely requiring the agency of certain insects to bring pollen from one flower to the other, it is equally preposterous to account for the structure of this parasite, with its relations to several distinct organic beings, by the effects of external conditions, or of habit, or of the volition of the plant itself.
The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, page 63 in Part 3 Chapter 1:
How have all those exquisite adaptations of one part of the organisation to another part, and to the conditions of life and of one organic being to another being, been perfected? We see these beautiful co-adaptations most plainly in the woodpecker and the mistletoe;
The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, page 65 in Part 3 Chapter 2:
The mistletoe is dependent on the apple and a few other trees, but can only in a far-fetched sense be said to struggle with these trees, for, if too many of these parasites grow on the same tree, it languishes and dies.... But several seedling mistletoes, growing close together on the same branch, may more truly be said to struggle with each other.... As the mistletoe is disseminated by birds, its existence depends on them;
[End of Search Results]
(c) 2003-2012 LiteraturePage.com and Michael Moncur.
For information about public domain texts appearing here, read the copyright information and disclaimer.