Icones plantarum Indiae orientalis; or, Figures of Indian plants, Volume 6 (Google eBook)

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Page 22 - Unless a species or group is intelligibly defined when the name is given, it cannot be recognized by others, and the signification of the name is consequently lost. Two things are necessary before a zoological term can acquire any authority, viz.
Page 22 - Two things are necessary before a zoological term can acquire any authority, viz., definition and publication. Definition properly implies a distinct exposition of essential characters, and in all cases we conceive this to be indispensable, although some authors maintain that a mere enumeration of the component species, or even of a single type, is sufficient to authenticate a genus.
Page 12 - It is obtained by cutting off the branches, when it flows freely. " It is collected and boiled on the spot, at which time it is very elastic, but after being formed into cakes or cylinders it becomes resinous or brittle, in which state it is sold in the bazaars and employed as a cement for fixing knives into handles and other similar purposes, which is effected by heating it. It is also employed medicinally, as an outward application in cases of Rheumatism. The piece I sent you was prepared by Mr.
Page vi - The berries of this species of pepper are lodged in a pulpy matter like those of P. nigrum. They are first green, becoming red when ripe. Being hotter when unripe, they are then gathered and dried in the sun, when they change to a dark grey colour.
Page 22 - MS. names arc in all cases liable to create confusion, and it is therefore much to be desired that the practice of using them should be avoided in future.
Page iii - ... But so far is the field from being exhausted that, I may say for myself, had circumstances permitted, my materials are still so ample, that I could easily have continued this work through 1500 or 2000 additional plates, the subjects for the most part appertaining to the Peninsular flora. It is to be hoped, therefore, that some new aspirant to botanical fame and honors will be induced to resume the work thus prematurely dropped, now that such an efficient press exists for carrying it on.
Page 12 - Wight further remarks that when exposed to the heat of a fire or lamp It rapidly softens, and becomes as adhesive to the hand as shoemaker's wax, but when soaked fur some time In warm water. It slowly softens, becomes pliable and plastic, and In that state takes any required form.
Page 6 - Neilgherries, frequent, common also in many sub-alpine jungles. It extends as far south nearly as Cape Comorin in the jungles along the lower slopes of the hills. On the Neilgherries it is met with at an elevation of about 5000 feet. This small tree seems so much to resemble Roxburgh's Urtica pulcherima that, for a long time, I thought it that plant. It does not, however, seem to have been known to Roxburgh, as it does not correspond with any of his descriptions.
Page 9 - Neilgherries : the bark yields ' a fine, strong, white flax-like fibre, which the hill people obtain by plunging the plant into hot water ; to deprive it of its virulently stinging properties, and then peeling the stalks.
Page 12 - I should suppose that, were it in the hands of men accustomed to work in such material, it would soon be turned to valuable account. I find, when exposed to the heat of a fire or lamp it rapidly softens and becomes as adhesive to the hands as shoemakers...

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