This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I noticed an article in a late number of the Gardener's Monthly on abnormal flowers which induced me to send you the enclosed flower of the Linaria vulgaris which is a very good specimen of the abnormous form. I found it in one of the neglected portions of Fairmount Park. The two edges were joined, forming a tubular flower. I thought it might be a specimen of the variety Peloria described by Darlington. I searched for others in different parts of the park, but did not find any, so I concluded this was an abnormal specimen. It has one stamen and one spur more than the variety Peloria, as described by Darlington. This you will observe has six stamens and six spurs, only one pistil and one ovary. I did not dissect the ovary to learn whether it contained the normal number of cells. The reflexed parts of the upper lip are only present, which I have pressed down in fastening to the paper; there is no trace of the lower lips, the calyx has the normal number of sepals, - one you will observe has abnormal growth at its base resembling a part of the corolla tube.
I have secured it to paper in a rather rude manner so as to preserve the parts from being injured.