This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1783. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX, eTJH E following plant could not with pro-? priety come under any of the general divisions of the foregoing work. Hibiscus esculentus. Fig-leaved Okra, Lin. Sp. pi. 980. Alcea maxima, malv rosc folio, fructu decagono recto craffiore breviore esculento. Browne's Jam. 284. n, 3. This is an annual, and a native of both the Indies. It sends up a spungy stalk rather more than a yard high, which branches towards the top, and rs furnished with hand-shaped leaves, having five lobes. The flowers are produced at the divisions of the stalk; each has a double calyx, and the under one is torn on one fide. The petals are heart-shaped, are five in number, of a sulr phur colour, are joined at their base, and have dark purple bottoms. The stamina are many, and are united into a column below, but expand near the top. The germen is roundish, and turns to a thick capsule, three or four inches long, mostly standing erect, and having five cells, containing kidney-shaped seeds. The inhabitants of the Indies boil these pods in their soups. They contain a viscous acid juice, which communicates a thickness, and also a pleasant flavour. The generic characters of the following two species have not yet been perfectly settled. G i N K G o. Maiden-hair Tree. Arbor nucifera, folio adiantino. K mpf. Atncen. Ex ot. 811. This is a native of Japan, where it is known by the names Ginan and Itsio. The body is covered with an aih-coloured bark, and a full-grown tree is as large as a Walnut. The wood is brittle, having a soft spungy pith running through it. The leaves are large, and expand in the form of a Maiden-hair leaf, They are narrow at the base, unequally divided upward, have no nerves or fibres, both surfaces being alike. The upper side of the footstalk is fla...
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