The North American Sylva: Or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia, Not Described in the Work of F.A. Michaux, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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1852
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Page 11 - How often have I paused on every charm, The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm, The never-failing brook, the busy mill, The decent church that topt the neighbouring hill, The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made...
Page 11 - The winter blossoms," he says, " which are about the size of a sixpence, appear about Christmas, and sooner if the winter be severe." In 1753, when the change of style was made, the thorn was anxiously watched to see whether it would conform to the Act of Parliament, and great was the triumph of opponents of the change when the blossoms which had refused to appear on the new Christmas Day came forth in full luxuriance on the old...
Page 120 - Ash, (R. venenata), to which it is nearly allied, is in a high degree poisonous ; and the poison is communicated by touching or smelling any part of it. Inflammations appear on the skin in large blotches, succeeded by pustules which rise in the inflamed parts, and fill with watery matter, attended with burning and itching, which continues for several days, after which the inflammation subsides. The extremities and glandular parts of the body are those which are most affected. Our Rhus radicans and...
Page 106 - I was there about ten years ago, when the surveyor run the lines or precincts of the colony, where there was neither habitation nor cleared field. It was then a famous orange grove, the upper or South promontory of a ridge, nearly half a mile wide, and stretching North about forty miles, to the head of the North branch of the...
Page 120 - ... identical with our poison sumach; but now is recognised as a distinct species, having the under surface of the leaves downy and velvety. This varnish oozes from the tree, on its being wounded, and grows thick and black when exposed to the air. It is so transparent, that when laid pure and unmixed upon boxes or furniture, every vein of the wood may be clearly seen. With it the Japanese varnish over the posts of their doors and windows, their drawers, chests, boxes, cimeters, fans, tea cvtps, soup-dishes,...
Page 10 - ... the summit, (though not at all in our specimen.) The flowers are small, the calyx hairy at the base, with the segments small and subulate. To show the great age to which the Common Hawthorn attains, Withering states of the variety called the Glastonbury Thorn, existing in his time, in a lane by the churchyard of the abbey, (1801,) "It appears to be a very old tree. An old woman of 90 never remem Lantt haved karfhfrn Cratae^us Arbore.xrens Sinclair} lUh bers it otherwise than as it now appears.
Page 106 - ... beach. All this ridge was then one entire orange grove, with live oaks, magnolias, palms, red bays, and others...
Page 47 - Calyx spreading, 6-cleft : tube hemispherical. Petals 5, obovate, convolute. Stamens with ovate 2-celled anthers. Disk fleshy, rather flat, slightly 5angled. Ovary immersed in and adhering to the disk, 3-celled. Style trifid. Stigmas 3. Fruit capsular, dehiscent, tricoccous, girt at the base by the adnate permanent entire tube of the calyx. Seeds furnished with a short stalk ; testa coriaceous, very smooth. Shrubs. Leaves alternate, feather-nerved ; 166 RHAMNE.*:.
Page 50 - Prod., vol. 2. p. 26. RHAMNUS CAROLINIANUS; erect, unarmed; leaves oval-oblong, obscurely serrate, nearly glabrous (or rarely pubescent beneath); umbels axillary, on peduncles much shorter than the petioles; flowers perfect, pentandrous (sometimes tetrandrous), petals minute, embracing the very short stamens; styles united to the summit; stigmas 3; fruit globose, rather dry, 3 to 4 seeded.

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