Flora Scotia; Or a Description of Scottish Plants Arranged Both According to the Artificial and Natural Methods, Volumen2

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R. and A. Taylor, 1821 - 589 páginas
 

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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 99 - saccharine Fucus " of the Icelanders, as has been generally supposed : nor do I think it is eaten at all by the natives of that country. It is said, however, to be eaten in England by the poor, boiled as a potherb ; but I know not whether it has been asserted by any person besides Pallas. Thunberg tells us, that in Japan it is prepared in such a manner as to be quite esculent, and that it is customary there, when presents are made, to lay upon them a slice of this Fucus attached to a piece of paper,...
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 95 - 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 95 - In the isles of Jura and Skye it is frequently a winter food for cattle, which regularly come down to the shores at the •receding 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 of Gothland, in Sweden, boil this Fucus...
Página 74 - Many species of this singular, and, generally speaking, beautiful order of plants, frequently float in the water without any point of attachment to extraneous substances. They are mostly subpellucid, and the cellules are often elongated and united so as to form fibres interrupted by transverse dissepiments. Their colour is various, often green, brown, red, &c. After having been kept dry for a great length of time, they will revive by immersion in water, but that portion of the plant only imbibes...
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 91 - Lightfoot, the inhabitants of the western isles gather it in the month of March, and, after pounding and stewing it with a little water, eat it with pepper, vinegar, and butter. Others stew it with leeks and onions.
Página 107 - This is the Dulse of the Scotch, who are very fond of it in a fresh and crude state. Lightfoot says, however, that they prefer it dried and rolled up, when they chew it like tobacco for the pleasure arising from the habit. This is the saccharine Fucus of the Icelanders, the efflorescence of which has a sweetish and not disagreeable taste.
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.

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