Botanicum Sinicum

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Kelly & Walsh, Limited, 1895

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Page 554 - Khitan, a people from the basin of the Sungari River, and supposed (but doubtfully) to have been akin to the Tunguses, whose rule subsisted for 200 years, and originated the name of KHITAI, Khata, or CATHAY, by which for nearly 1000 years China has been known to the nations of Inner Asia, and to those...
Page 538 - T'ao Hung-ching, have been translated by E. Bretschneider, Botanicon Sinicum, pt. in, p. 537. His translation of the latter passage is as follows: "The ancients say that the hu p'o is the resin of the fir-tree, which, being embedded in the soil during a thousand years, turns into amber. When burned, it emits an odor like that of resin. It sometimes incloses insects. An imitation of the hu p'o is produced by boiling hen's-eggs with fish-roe. The genuine hu p'o, when rubbed between the hands till it...
Page 147 - Anciently, when the sages made the Yi, in order to give mysterious assistance to the spiritual Intelligences, they produced (the rules for the use of) the divining plant. 2. The number 3 was assigned to heaven, 2 to earth, and from these came the (other) numbers. 3. They contemplated the changes in the divided and undivided lines (by the process of manipulating the stalks), and formed the trigrams ; from the movements that took place in the strong and weak lines, they...
Page 18 - Engl. edition 1, 191) states that the root of G. uralensis, Fischer, one of the characteristic plants of the Ordos, is dug up there by the Mongols, hired by the Chinese, who despatch the drug down the Huang-ho to supply the Chinese markets. The same plant is recorded by Father David (Franchet, Plantee Davidiants, Mongol., 93) from the Peking Plain and Southern Mongolia.
Page 437 - The ehn yfi has weak, succulent twigs. The leaves are long and wrinkled. Fruit in clusters, different from the tsiao fruit. There are two sorts — one with large and the other with small seeds. The latter is used in medicine. Some ancient writers says that the chu yu tree is planted near wells to make the leaves fall into the well. Those who drink this water will never be afflicted with contagious diseases. The fruit is also suspended in the houses to expel evil spirits. The white poplar and the...
Page 22 - Shaug tang drug.6 The plant sends up only one straight stalk. Its leaves are four or five together (ie four or five leaflets at the top of a common petiole). The flowers are of a purple colour. There is a Corean song in praise of the Ginseng (]tilt| A f A il?
Page 439 - K'IEN [see Sot. sin., I, p. 24] first introduced the vine to China from Western Asia, about BC 120. The name was originally written ^ $fc P'U ''a()> probably the rendering in Chinese of a foreign name. If this statement be true it is inconsistent with the notice of the grape in the earliest Chinese Materia Medica. Li SHI-CHEN therefore supposes that the vine has always been indigenous in Lung si, but was not cultivated in China proper. I may observe that several species of wild vine with edible berries...
Page 207 - Siiiens, p. 5 ; Ainslie, Mat. Indica, vol. ii., p. 405. Seeds of a cylindrical form, 2 to 3 lines long, pointed at one extremity, rounded at the other, of a dark brown colour, with two light stripes on opposite sides.

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