A Natural History of British Grasses

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Groombridge, 1858 - Grasses - 245 pages
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Page 32 - ... the eighth of an inch. The grain is cylindrical, blunt at the ends, and curved like the spur of a cock. The outer coat is of a dark purple colour, almost black, irregularly fluted on the surface, which is often irregularly cracked and fissured.
Page viii - ... of from 16 to 17 feet before it begins to bear leaves. The entire height of the Arundinaria, growing at the foot of the great mountain-cluster of Maravaca, is from 30 to 40 feet, with a thickness of scarcely half an inch in diameter. The top is always inclined; and this species of grass is peculiar to the sandstone mountains between the Ventuari, the Paramu (Padamo), and the Mavaca. The Indian name is Curata, and, therefore, from the excellence of these celebrated long blowingtubes, the Majonkongs...
Page 60 - ... numerous, on footstalks. Calyx of two glumes, the exterior one being destitute of lateral ribs, dentate the entire length of its keel, and larger than the inner glume. Floret consisting of one palea, ovate, five-ribbed, hairy at the base, dentate at the summit, and having a lengthy dorsal awn commencing from a little above the base, and extending half its length beyond the apex of the palea. Length from one to two feet.

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