Flora Scotica; Or, a Description of Scottish Plants: Arranged Both According to the Artificial and Natural Methods. In Two Parts

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Página 57 - Reader ! hast thou ever stood to see The Holly Tree? The eye that contemplates it well perceives Its glossy leaves, Order'd by an Intelligence so wise, As might confound the Atheist's sophistries. Below, a circling fence, its leaves are seen Wrinkled and keen; No grazing cattle through their prickly round Can reach to wound; But, as they grow where nothing is to fear, Smooth and unarm'd the pointless leaves appear.
Página 58 - Immense quantities are gathered in the latter country, not only for sale, but for their own use as an article of common food. The bitter and purgative quality being extracted by steeping in water, the Lichen is dried, reduced to powder, and made into a cake, or boiled and eaten with milk, and eaten with thankfulness, too, by the poor natives, who confess " that a bountiful Providence sends them bread out of the very stones.
Página 65 - 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.
Página 57 - O READER ! hast thou ever stood to see The holly tree? The eye that contemplates it well, perceives Its glossy leaves Ordered by an intelligence so wise As might confound the atheist's sophistries. Below, a circling fence, its leaves are seen Wrinkled and keen; No grazing cattle, through their prickly round, Can reach to wound ; But as they grow where nothing is to fear, Smooth and unarmed the pointless leaves appear.
Página 93 - This species is by far the most abundantly employed in the manufacturing of kelp, if it be not the best. But this, important as it is in a commercial point of view, is not the only end it serves. In the isles of Jura and Skye it is frequently a winter food for cattle, which regularly come down to the shores at the recess of the tide to seek for it ; and sometimes even the deer have been known to descend from the mountains to the sea-side to feed upon this plant. Linnaeus informs us that the inhabitants...
Página 186 - When the fruit is ripe, the seeds rattle in the husky capsule and indicate to the Swedish peasantry the season for gathering in their hay. In England, Mr. Curtis well observes the hay-making begins when this plant is in full flower.
Página 77 - Anoint thy face with goat's milk in which Violets have been infused, and there is not a young prince upon earth who will not be charmed with thy beauty.
Página 282 - The stamens are equal in number to the petals, and alternate with them, or...
Página 63 - Perianth single, inferior, 5-cleft, persistent, enveloping the fruit with its base, and crowning it with its broad scariose limb. Seed solitary, its cotyledon spiral.
Página 161 - Fox-tail-grass); culm erect, smooth, panicle spiked cylindrical obtuse, calyx-glumes lanceolate acute hairy connate at the base, awn twice the length of corolla.

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