Veitch's Manual of the Coniferae: Containing a General Review of the Order ; a Synopsis of the Species Cultivated in Great Britain ; Their Botanical History, Economic Properties, Place and Use in Arboriculture, Etc., Etc

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Adolphus Henry Kent
James Veitch, 1900 - Britain - 562 pages
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Page 96 - ... varied in size from that of a hen's egg to that of a duck's egg or a little larger.
Page 278 - After this tree had been cut down, it was again cut through about 30ft. from the first cut. There was a small cavity in the centre of the tree which prevented an accurate fixing of its age ; but making due allowance for that, and for the time required to grow to the height at which the count was made, it will be safe to say that this particular tree, which was probably about as large as any now standing in the grove was, in round numbers, 1,300 years old. The Calaveras Grove...
Page 317 - And had I at last found something to reward me for my journey to the far north. I went up to the spot where two of these trees were standing like sentinels, one on each side of a grave. They were both covered with cones, and, therefore, were in a fit state for a critical examination of the species. But although almost unknown in Europe, the species is not new. It proved to be one, already known under the name of Pinua Bungeana.
Page 230 - I., who is said to have struck his sword into it in despair at his losing the battle of Pavia ; and for having been respected by Napoleon, who, when laying down the plan for his great road over the Simplon, diverged from the straight line to avoid injuring this tree.
Page 422 - The wood of the cedar contains a volatile essential oil, which has the curious property of unsettling printers' ink and making it run. Some years ago a Bank of England note was offered to the cashier with its printing disturbed. Inquiry was set on foot, and it was traced to several individuals, who satisfactorily explained its custody and possession. It was then' brought to me, when I suggested that the detectives should inquire whether it had been kept in a cedar box ; it was then discovered that...
Page 137 - Yews into geometric figures, and also into the ligures of birds, beasts, and even the human shape, became for a time a very prevalent practice, which reached its height towards the close of the seventeenth and during the early part of the eighteenth century. The popularity of the Ye.w as an ornamental garden plant during this period may be partly...
Page 352 - Barrens," varies from 80 to 125 miles in breadth in the Atlantic States, but is much narrower along the Gulf coast ; it is estimated to have once covered upwards of 130,000 square miles, an area greater than that of Great Britain and Ireland, and to have represented an amount of wealth which, if properly husbanded, would have made the States of South Carolina and Georgia among the richest in the Union. But, " invaded from every direction by the axe, a prey to tires which weaken the mature trees and...
Page 51 - ... especially well seen in the cones of Tsuga, Canadensis, in which the widely-open scales become completely closed in twelve minutes. This property of the cone scales, is found to be very efficient; first in loosening the seeds with their attached wing from the scale which bears them; and second, in favoring the wide dispersion of the seeds, as the cones open and close many times before all the seeds are sown, thus securing their transport in different directions by the varying winds.
Page 387 - P. tuherculata also has the peculiarity of producing its cones on the main trunk as well as on the branches, giving it a singular appearance, as they are arranged around the stem in almost a circle, usually five though often seven cones composing the circle.
Page 95 - G or 8 feet in diameter at the upper part, and not more than 18 inches at the lower. At the bottom of the hole is placed an iron pan, having a long spout or pipe, which is made to pass through the bank ; the hole is then filled up with billets cut from the roots and branches of the pine-trees, which, after being kindled at the top, are covered over incompletely with turf.

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