British Ferns and Mosses

British Ferns and Mosses

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...skylark soared and warbled in his upward flight. Ferns and blue-bells, the lark and swallow, were then to us as monitors, noting the beauty and the order of reation; each in its little sphere obedient to the elements, and communing with them; each one unfolding or arriving, or attuning its heaven-taught minstrelsy in accordance with unalterable laws, which have never changed since the round earth emerged from chaos in its glory and its beauty, and went on its way rejoicing amid kindred worlds. Little or no variation occurs in the figure of the frond or leaf. It is uniformly elongate, lance-shaped, regularly pinnate, acute or sharp-pointed at the end, and gradually diminishing from about two-thirds of its length to the base, the lower pinnse being remarkably short--a peculiarity which sufficiently distinguishes it from all other ferns. A small portion only of the rachis is bare, and covered with scales. The pinnse are linear, acute at the apex, somewhat distant, deeply pinnatifid, and affixed to the rachis only by their stalks; the pinnulse are rounded, and slightly crenate TIIECX OP THE MOUNTAIN FERN. The veins present a simple alternate series, ceasing before they reach the margin; circular and naked thecse are borne by each, and yet occasionally the veins divide nearly at their termination, in which case each division reveals a separate mass. These masses, varying on either side fror five to ten in number, form regular and nearly marginal series, extremely ornamental, and presenting pleasing objects for the microscope. AUGUST. "I cannot but think the very complacency and satisfaction which a man takes in these works of Nature, to be a laudable, if not a virtuous habit of mind." Addison. The geography of plants is a subject of...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123697901X
  • 9781236979018