Flora Diaetetica

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Law - 190 pages
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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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CHARLES BRYANT has spent most of his career in the financial derivatives markets, though some notable diversions have included extensive overland travel in Africa, climbing Kilimanjaro, and studying fine art photography in Cape Town.

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