Arcana of Science and Art, Or, an Annual Register of Useful Inventions and Improvements, Discoveries and New Facts, in Mechanics, Chemistry, Natural H

Arcana of Science and Art, Or, an Annual Register of Useful Inventions and Improvements, Discoveries and New Facts, in Mechanics, Chemistry, Natural H

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...case the proper term is epiphyte (epi, upon, phyton, a plant.) The flowers are of one sex, and only the male has yet Jameson's Jour. f Jour, of Arts. $ Tech. Repos. H been sent to England. The breadth of a full-grown flower exceeds 3 feet; the petals, which are subrotund, measure 12 inches from the base to the apex, and it is about a foot from the insertion of the one petal to the opposite one; what is considered the nectarium would hold 12 pints; the pistils, which are abortive, are as large as cows' horns, and the weight of the whole is calculated to be about 15 lbs. The flower, fully blown, was discovered in a jungle, growing close to the ground under the bushes, with a swarm of flies hovering over the nectary, and apparently laying their eggs in its substance. The colour of the five petals is a brick red, covered with protuberances of a yellowish white. The smell is that of tainted beef. The structure of Rafflesia is too imperfectly known to admit of determining its place in the natural system; but Mr. Brown, from whose learned paper on the subject, in the Linnean transactions, this notice is taken, is inclined to think it will be found to approach either to Asarinae or Passifloreas. Its first appearance is that of a round knob proceeding from a crack or hollow in the stem or root. This knob, when cut through, exhibits the infant flower enveloped in numerous bracteal sheaths, which successively open and wither away as the flower enlarges, until, at the time of full expansion, there are but a very few remaining, which have somewhat the appearance of a broken calyx. It takes three months from the first appearance of the bud to the full expansion of the flower. The fruit has not yet been seen by botanists, but is said by the natives to be a...show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236528379
  • 9781236528377