An Analysis of the British Ferns and Their Allies

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Simpkin, Marshall and Company, 1851 - Pteridophyta - 88 pages
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Page 51 - WHERE the copse-wood is the greenest, Where the fountain glistens sheenest, Where the morning dew lies longest, There the lady fern grows strongest.
Page 17 - Brewster detected a beautiful arrangement of the silicious particles, which are distributed in two lines parallel to the axis of the stem, and extending over the whole surface. The greater number of the particles form simple straight lines, but the rest are grouped into oval forms, connected together like the jewels of a necklace, by a chain of particles forming a sort of curvilinear quadrangle ; these rows of oval combinations being arranged in pairs.
Page 17 - Brewster also observed the remarkable fact, that each particle has a regular axis of double refraction. In the straw and chaff of wheat, barley, oats, and rye, he noticed analogous phenomena, but the particles were arranged in a different manner, and ' displayed figures of singular beauty.
Page 56 - About twenty years ago it was impossible to walk the streets without having an advertisement thrust into your hand of a doctor who was arrived at the knowledge of the green and red dragon, and had discovered the female fern seed.
Page 56 - This circumstance relative to fern-seed is alluded to in Beaumont and Fletcher's Fair Maid of the Inn : " Had you Gyges' ring ? Or the herb that gives Invisibility ?" Again, in Ben Jonson's New Inn : " I had No medicine, sir, to go invisible, No fern-seed in my pocket.
Page 63 - I paid it this visit, is rather an exciting and ticklish operation. You are so close to the fall as to be covered by the spray, and the roar is almost deafening. Having reached the projection, the botanist must ascend it by means of the roots and branches...
Page 31 - ... entire, obtusely toothed. Mr Francis, an excellent authority, and the pioneer of the vast array of pteridologists who have recently, to a degree unprecedented in any other department of science, inundated the British market with their wares, speaks in equally strong terms : — " These marks clearly indicate this to be a distinct species, far removed from both the others, and in cultivation, instead of approaching the fragilis or dentata, it becomes yet more different, as the pinnules increase...
Page iv - ... Smith, Hooker, Lightfoot, Hudson, &c. ; and, wherever there was a difference between myself and others, I searched again for the truth ; and, if still in doubt, have been careful to record the disparity. " The manner in which the object has been accomplished, it is necessary to explain more in detail ; and, first, as to the illustrative plates. They are small, for the sake of economy, and are intended chiefly to indicate the habit of the plants, while the magnified parts show their detail. They...
Page 56 - The female Fern is that plant which is in Sussex called Brakes, the seed of which some authors hold to be so rare. Such a thing there is, I know, and may be easily had upon Midsummer Eve, and for aught I know, two or three days after it, if not more.
Page 8 - Capillusveneris, which keeps to the nooks in the sea-cliffs of our mild western coasts. Nor is this a solitary instance. ' Whilst exposed shores,' says Mr. Francis, ' may be almost without ferns, caves, and sheltered ravines in their immediate vicinity, may be numerously tenanted.

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