London Journal of Botany, Volume 2

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H. Baillière., 1843 - Botany
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Page 247 - Mashonaland at the instance of the Royal Geographical Society and the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Page 255 - This last, though but small, is in itself a curiosity; having not only male and female, but what the botanists call androgynous plants. " A coarse grass, which we cut down for the cattle, grows pretty plentifully in a few small spots about the sides of the harbour, with a smaller sort which is rarer; and, upon the flat ground, a sort of goose-grass, and another small plant much like it. In short, the whole catalogue of plants does not exceed sixteen or eighteen, including some sorts of moss, and...
Page 121 - We traveled for the most part on foot, loading the horses with our portfolios, paper, and some necessary luggage, crossed the Hanging-rock Mountain to Elk Creek, and thence over a steep ridge to Cranberry Forge, on the sources of Doe River, where we passed the night. On our way we cut down a Service-tree (as the Amelanchier Canadensis is here called), and feasted upon the ripe fruit, which throughout this region is highly, and indeed justly prized, being sweet with a very agreeable...
Page 254 - Perhaps no place, hitherto discovered in either hemisphere, under the same parallel of latitude, affords so scanty a field for the naturalist as this barren spot.
Page 302 - ... horses that return from the cattlehunting expeditions dreadfully out of condition, soon pick up, and become quite fat upon the tussac which grows there. The two Americans who wandered upon West Falkland for 14 months lived upon the root daily, and formed their huts of what I have termed the cushion, rolling one to the small doorway or opening when night came on. The long blades of the grass make but an indifferent thatch, as it is much too brittle to last when dry : there are no fibres sufficiently...
Page 271 - I have ever seen them in the tropics, and all the coast one mass of dazzlingly beautiful peaks of snow, which, when the sun approached the horizon, reflected the most brilliant tints of golden yellow and scarlet; and then to see the dark cloud of smoke, tinged with flame, rising from the volcano in a...
Page 113 - Holston), and leaving our driver to follow up the banks of the stream to the termination of the road at the foot of the Grandfather, we ascended an adjacent mountain, called Hanging-rock, and reached our quarters for the night by a different route. The fine and near view of the rugged Grandfather amply rewarded the toil of ascending this beetling cliff, where we also obtained the Geum (Sieversia) radiatum, probably the most showy species of the genus. Its brilliant golden flowers evince a disposition...
Page 296 - England, extending for miles over wild moorland, and always terminating in some point or peninsula covered with this favourite fodder ; and amidst which it is almost certain to meet with solitary old bulls, or perhaps a herd, or a troop of wild horses just trotting off, as they scent it from a great distance.
Page 296 - ... moisture, and would probably require irrigation in a dry soil at any distance from the sea. During several long rides into the country I always, as I have before stated, found the tussac flourishing most vigorously on spots most exposed to the sea, and in soil unfit for anything else to live in, viz.
Page 255 - ... small flowers. It has not only the appearance, but the watery acrid taste of the antiscorbutic plants, and yet differs materially from the whole tribe ; so that we looked upon it as a production entirely peculiar to the place. We ate it frequently raw, and found it almost like the New Zealand scurvy-grass. But it seemed to acquire a rank flavour by being boiled : which, however, some of our people did not perceive, and esteemed it good.

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