Flora of Plymouth

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J. Van Voorst, 1880 - Plants - 432 pages
 

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Page xiii - The granite of Dartmoor is, as a whole, a coarse-grained mixture of quartz, felspar, and mica, the latter sometimes white, at others black, the two micas occasionally occurring in the same mass. It is very frequently porphyritic from the presence of large crystals of felspar, and here and there schorlaceous, but the latter character is chiefly confined to the outskirts, where the Dartmoor granite adjoins the slates.
Page 107 - Small fruit was evidently less highly esteemed, although he admits that strawberries are 'a good cooling and pleasant dish in the hot Summer season.' Of the wild strawberry he says that ' it may be eaten and chewed in the mouth without any manner of offence : it is no great bearer, but those it doth beare are set at the toppes of the stalks, close together, pleasant to behold, and fit for a Gentlewoman to weare on her arme, &c., as a raritie instead of a flower.
Page xxx - Annual Report and Transactions of the Plymouth Institution and Devon and Cornwall Natural History Society (Plymouth).
Page 161 - ... ruder, and of wood or stone. Monday, July the 7th, we went on to Plymouth, but by the way diverted to Stanehouse, a little town, not far from the passage out of Cornwall. Thence we had a view of Mount Edgcumbe, a brave house, and well situate, belonging to Mr. Edgcumbe, a gentleman of great estate. On the hill which you ascend, after you are come over the passage to go to Plymouth, grows Eryngium vulgare [E.
Page xii - ... structure, and dip. Its most constant features are its crystalline character, and the regularity of its divisional planes. Both on the north and south it graduates into the slate through calcareous shale. Bedding is frequently indistinct, and in some central parts of the mass apparently non-existent. It abounds in fossils — chiefly coralline in its more massive portions ; whilst some of the exterior beds have yielded large quantities of bivalves and univalves ; and others, with the adjoining...
Page 23 - It came up spontaneously in a field, that had been ploughed to form a garden, in the centre of the new square at Plymouth ; Rev.
Page 25 - Devonshire he was pleased to confine himself within the narrow circle of his own grounds ; averse from social communication, and particularly inaccessible to men of talents and literature." These words of Polwhele give the impression of his having suffered some real or imaginary slight at...
Page 106 - ... of rednesse. Mr. John Tradescant hath told me that he was the first that took notice of this Straw-berry, and that in a woman's garden at Plimoth, whose daughter had gathered and set the roots in her garden in stead of the common Straw-berry : but she finding the fruit not to answer her expectation, intended to throw it away : which labour he spared her, in taking it and bestowing it among the lovers of such varieties, in whose gardens it is yet preserved.
Page 110 - Rluunnlfolii group, and allied to Lindleianus, which will, I believe, have to be described as a new species, should it not be found to be identical with some named Continental one.
Page 169 - Comubieiue, which abounds in every bushy field in the valleys and on the hills in a direct line between Halton Quay on the banks of the Tamar and Newton Ferrers on the river Lynher. There is nothing attractive about the plant, which...

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