Hand-list of Coniferae : Grown in the Royal Gardens, Kew

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H.M. Stationery Office, 1896 - Conifers - 114 pages
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Page 11 - Hon. Leslie Melville, in the year 1831, who, on visiting the Gardens, gave me a few seeds which he had loose in his pocket, one of which vegetated, and after several years nursing was planted in the old Arboretum. ... In 1864 it had attained a height of 32 feet." The tree became diseased and was taken down in 1888. Near its former position is one, now nearly as large, raised from seed ripened in England by Sir TD Acland, Bart. In 1843, by permission of the Queen, about 45 acres were added to the...
Page 10 - ... whilst the Japanese plant known under the same generic name is a true Thuya. Probably the fusion of Cupressus and Thuya into one genus would be the most natural arrangement, but in practice the inconvenience of such a grouping and the consequent confusion of the nomenclature would be almost intolerable. Pseudolarix of Gordon is shown by the male flowers to constitute a distinct genus, as was indeed suspected by Bentham.
Page 7 - Benennung (1887), followed by two supplements (1891-2) on Einheitliche Conif eren- Benennung. Beissner deals critically with the numerous natural and garden varieties and hybrids. He has also paid much attention to nomenclature, though he accepts familiar names rather than revive obscure ones on 'the rule of priority. In 1892 the Royal Horticultural Society held a " Conifer Conference," and the papers read thereat form the fourteenth volume of the Journal of the Society.
Page 14 - Cedrus atlántica (Atlas Cedar) grows with great rapidity at Kew. The Deodar (Cedrus Deodara), on the other hand, has greatly disappointed the expectations formed of it. The most shapely and graceful specimen which Kew possessed, 45 feet in height, stood on the west side of the Pagoda Vista, between the Palm House and King William's Temple. It was unfortunately destroyed by lightning on August 10th, 1895. (Kew Bulletin, 1895, p. 235.) Larix europœa (Larch) grows well at Kew.
Page 4 - Picea which so distresses British foresters and planters had its origin. At p. 2105 there is a clavis of the genera, where the genus Abies is attributed to Link, but the characters given to it are those of Link's Picea ; and in like manner Picea is attributed to Link, though the characters given are those of Link's Abies, and they are followed by D. Don in brackets. Turning now to the full account of the genera, at p. 2293, we find "Abies, D. Don in Lamb. Pin. vol. iii.
Page 6 - Larix, and the new genus Pseudolarix, Gord. They describe 130 species, which should be reduced much as Carriere's should be. In 1867 the second edition of Carriere's Traite was published, in which all the genera of the first edition are retained together with Pseudotsuga and Keteleeria, and 153 species are described, excluding many dubious ones. In 1868 Parlatore's monograph of the order appeared in the 16th volume of De Candulle's Prodromes.
Page 15 - Coulteri is represented by a very fine specimen near the Cactus House (No. V.). Pinus Laricio (Corsican Pine) has already been referred to. Pinus excelsa (Bhotan Pine) is represented by numerous vigorous specimens. Pinus montícola has already been referred to. Of the specimen trees in the Botanic Garden some have been already mentioned. Perhaps one of the most notable was the first specimen of the Chili Pine (Araucaria, imbricata"), the history of which is given in the Kew Bulletin for 1893 (pp....
Page 8 - ... proposed to himself, is entirely beyond his powers. Kew has, however, had the advantage, in drawing up the present Hand-list, of the assistance of Dr. Masters, FRS, who is now the acknowledged authority on the nomenclature of Conifers in this country. As a general rule at Kew, the Genera Plantarum is accepted as the standard of nomenclature. In the present case some deviations have been adopted, which have received the concurrence of Sir Joseph Hooker. Of these Dr. Masters has been so good as...
Page 4 - Owing to tbe great merit and utility of London's Arboretum, his nomenclature has hitherto been universally adopted in the United Kingdom. It contains descriptions of about 70 species of Abietineœ. In 1841 Link (in Linnœa, vol. xv., p. 481) reviewed the whole Tribe of Abietineœ, retaining, as before, Pinus, Picea, Abies, Larix, and Cedrus, and enumerating 52 species In 1841-46, Antoine's Die Coniferen appeared, in which all the...
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