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Volume 28, 1895
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The President drew attention to specimens of double-flowered columbines, exhibited by Mr. H. Phillips, Tinakori Road. In some of these flowers the tubular recurved petals had completely disappeared and been replaced by flat, lanceolate, shortly-stalked petals, clearly resembling the ordinary sepals, but arranged in several series, the innermost being reduced to merely expanded filaments. The change to a regular symmetrical flower was very striking, especially in those where the petals were arranged in not more than two series. This transformation of filaments into petals was usually attended by an increase in the number of carpels from five to eight or nine. In other specimens the spurred tubular petals were largely increased in numbers.