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DID YN A MIA. ANGIOSPERMIA.
Gknertc Character.—Calyx five-parted; lobes equal J Branches herbaceous when young, glabrous. Leaves
or sub-equal. Corolla bypogynous.funnol-shaped; limb j ovate, bluntly acuminate, many-nerved, entire at the
five-parted; lobes equal, spreading, obtuse. Stamens j margin. Flowers axillary, generally two from each
four, inserted in the tube of the corolla, didynamous. I axil, sessile. Calyx less than two-thirds the length of
Anthers oblong, two-celled ; cells parallol, equal. Ovary * the corolla, five-cleft; segments subulate, erect, un
two-celled. Style simple. Stigma oval-shaped, chan- equal. Corolla—tube veiny, slender, very long, funnel
nelled at the back. Capsule oblong-quadrangular, ! shaped, curved; limb spreading, segments rounded,
two-celled, six to eight-seeded ;cells two-valved; valves | very obtuse, nearly equal, veined. Seeds orbicular,
seed-bearing. Seeds adhering by a thread. j compressed, margined, and ciliated.
Specific Character.—Plant an evergreen shrub. I Synonymh.—Jttstlcia glaltrata.
Our subject is not the first of which we have had to record that, of its native country we have no direct evidence. It is one of the many plants introduced from the Continent without any memoranda to indicate its original clime.
It has been very generally known, and as generally distributed by Nurserymen, as Justicia glahrata: the appearance of its leaves will at once account for its having been specified by such a title.
As it has at present come under our observation, we have found it growing from eighteen inches to two feet high; the foliage of moderate size, and of a handsome shining dark-green hue.
Hitherto we have scarcely seen a well-grown specimen, and we doubt not that if the plant were subjected to a liberal mode of treatment, it would attain to much greater dimensions than those before mentioned. Wherever any degree of attention has been bestowed upon it, the improvement in the aspect of the plant, and the increased abundance of blossoms, fully justify the conclusions we have como to, and give us some reason to suppose that it may prove freer-flowering than many have imagined from merely observing it in a stunted condition.
From its winter-flowering capacity it is likely to be useful to those who wish to have a display at that season; and the appearance of its leaves is such as to render it a desirable object, even without the aid of blossoms to enhance its 244 RUELLIA LILACINA.
value. In cultivating it, a soil composed of equal portions of loam, peat, and leaf-mould should be employed, allowing plenty of pot-room.
Cuttings are easily induced to strike root when placed in gentle bottom-heat.
The Messrs. Rollisson, with their usual kindness, allowed our drawing to be taken at their Nursery, in the spring of 1844.
The name Ruellia is given in compliment to John Ruelle, a French botanist and M.D.
Evervbodv knows the Campanula rotundifolia, or common Hare-bell, with its elegant drooping violet-blue blossoms, the loveliness of which has been the burden of the poet's song, not only in England, but in most of those continental countries which number it amongst their wild flowers. With that species the interesting little plant, faithfully reflected on the annexed sheet, possesses many marks in common, and is well entitled to occupy a place in the good opinion of cultivators.
In the size of the plant, and the general proportion which the florescence bears to other organs, as well as in the diminishing breadth of the foliage, from the base of the stem upwards, it approaches the character of the popular favourite, though by no means so narrowly as to admit a chance of mistake, even when destitute of blossoms. The latter, however, are most markedly distinct from those of its congener; they expand more widely, are supported in an erect position, and instead of a porcelain hue, are of a brilliant light ccerulean blue. | We owe our first acquaintance with it to specimens which flowered in the
gardens of Allcard, Esq., at Stratford Green, Essex, and from these we were
kindly permitted to prepare the figure. It was grown there as a border plant, in extensive masses, and was in full bloom in the month of June.
It is a native of Nepal, where it inhabits moist and somewhat shaded places. On account of its erect habit it was first named C. stricta by Dr. Wallich; but