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Page xvii - ... it is not to be supposed that a petal has ever actually been a green leaf, and has subsequently assumed a more delicate texture and hue, or that stamens and pistils have previously existed in the state of foliage ; but only that what is fundamentally one and the same organ developes, in the progressive evolution of the plant, under each or any of these various forms. When the individual organ has once fairly begun to develope, its destiny is fixed.
Page 111 - when the cattle fall down in the spring, for want of strength, the people tie a branch of this tree on their neck, thinking it will help them ! " Altogether, and without any joke — it is a valuable as well as ornamental little tree, — worthy of a place in lawns and yards. Observing farmers have remarked that the proper time to plant Indian corn is when the involucres of the Dogwood are first developed.
Page xxix - The sages say, Dame Truth delights to dwell, Strange mansion ! in the bottom of a well, Questions are then the windlass and the rope That pull the grave old gentlewoman up...
Page 9 - The wood of this magnificent tree is highly valued in many branches of the mechanic art, — especially the variety called yellow poplar, which is generally to be known by its thicker and more deeply furrowed bark. The bark of the root, and young tree, is a good aromatic bitter. "Many people," says KALM, "believe its roots to be as efficacious against the fever as the Jesuit's Bark.
Page 445 - Linnaeus tells us, grows throughout Lapland in such abundance as this, especially in woods of scattered pines, where, for very many miles together, the surface of the sterile soil is covered with it as with snow. On the destruction of forests by fire, when no other plant will find nutriment, this Lichen springs up and flourishes, and, after a few years, acquires its full size.
Page 83 - ... attention is most important — other farm duties requiring all this until it is too late : so no good reason is seen for so much time wasted, when in one season the plants will grow to the required height. Mr. McMahon, near fifty years ago, in pressing the attention of farmers to this subject, says: "I would advise such to hold fast by the post and rail, and not to lose time in doing more harm than good.
Page 90 - He informs us, in a note, that it "was much celebrated in the mysteries of witchcraft," &c. and remarks, that "the superstitious ceremonies or histories belonging to some vegetables have been truly ridiculous: "—such as those of the Druids with the Mistletoe, — the legend of the Mandrake, — the wearing of Paeony roots, as amulets, — and the use of the Hazel twig, or Divining Bod, in discovering ores, and fountaiBS.
Page xcviii - Stem not distinguishable into bark, pith, and wood ; but the latter consisting of bundles of fibres and vessels irregularly imbedded in cellular tissue ; the rind firmly adherent ; no medullary rays, and no appearance of concentric layers : increase in diameter effected by the deposition of new fibrous bundles, which, at their commencement at least, occupy the central part of the stem.
Page xxxiii - ... particulars; and to combine the subordinate groups into larger natural assemblages, and these into still more comprehensive divisions, so as to embrace the whole vegetable kingdom in a methodical arrangement. All the characters which plants present, that is, all the points of agreement or difference, are employed in their classification ; those which are common to the greatest number of plants being used for the primary grand divisions ; those less comprehensive for subordinate groups, &c. ;...