Paxton's Botanical Dictionary: Comprising the Names, History, and Culture of All Plants Known in Britain; with a Full Explanation of Technical Terms. New Ed. Including All the New Plants Up to the Present Year

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Bradbury, Evans, & Company, 1868 - Botany - 623 pages
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Page 11 - Europeans find it serviceable in cases of diarrhoea, fevers, and other maladies. The fruit is, perhaps, the most useful part of the tree. Its pulp is slightly acid and agreeable, and frequently eaten ; while the juice is expressed from it, mixed with sugar, and constitutes a drink which is valued as a specific in putrid and pestilential fevers.
Page 248 - ... is crowned by a broad peltate-lobed stigma ; the rind is like that of the pomegranate, but softer, thicker, and fuller of juice ; it is green at first, but changes to a dark brown w.ith some yellowish spots; the inside is...
Page 16 - ... subsided to moderation, it will be in a fit state for forming into a bed. In the process of making the bed, the dung should be put on in small quantities and beat firmly and equally together, until it is the required size ; in this state let it remain until the highest degree of heat to which it is capable of coming is ascertained, which may be readily done by inserting a heat-stick, and pressing it with the hand ; if not found violent, the spawn may be broken up into pieces of two or three inches...
Page 391 - Medici by Nicot (qv), the French ambassador in that country, from whom it received its botanical name. The common notion, that the specific appellation tobacco was derived from its having...
Page 75 - The stove sorts grow freely in loam and peat, and young cuttings root in sand under a hand-glass.
Page 227 - Peru for its remarkable power in stimulating the nervous system, in which respect it much resembles opium. Its leaves are chewed with a small mixture of finely powdered chalk. No effects that have been ascribed to the immoderate use of opium are exceeded by what seems the consequence of chewing the Coca leaf.
Page 66 - The pots must be well drained, which should be done in the following manner : — place a piece of potsherd about half way over the hole at the bottom of the pot, then lay another piece against it that it may be hollow, afterwards put some smaller pieces all around them, and some more broken very small on the top of these. All plants belonging to the...
Page 151 - Some of tho plants of this genus are very handsome ; the stove kinds grow freely in a mixture of sandy loam and peat, and are increased by divisions or seeds.
Page 233 - The sheaths of the leaves are very close, and form the green top of the trunk, a foot and a half in length. The inhabitants cut off this top, take out the white heart, of two or three inches in diameter, consisting of the leaves closely folded together, and eat it either raw, with pepper and salt, or fried with butter, like the artichoke.
Page 159 - The sepals and petals are nearly of the same color, being of an ochrey yellow, spotted irregularly with dull purple. The lip is as fleshy and solid in its texture as the sepals and petals are delicate. It is seated on a deep purple stalk, nearly an inch long ; this stalk terminates in a hemispherical, greenish-purple cup or cap; and the latter, contracting at its front edge, extends forward into a sort of second stalk of...

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