British Forest Trees, a Guide

British Forest Trees, a Guide

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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. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ... the trees will attain the greatest size in a deep moist soil, if it be not encumbered with stagnant moisture. The wood is very useful to the turner, who is said to prefer it for many purposes to that of the beech, particularly for forming domestic utensils, and for inlaying, which the beau Musical instruments are also sometimes formed from the wood of the maple. The wood is firm and of a close compact grain, which makes it susceptible of a fine polish. It is not liable to warp, and is generally free from the knots particularly adapt it for. attacks of worms. It works easily, and appears well adapted for the lathe. The sugar-maple is probably the most useful of any of the species, from the quantity of sugar which may be obtained from its sap. An experiment was made in Scotland in 1816, upon the sap of the great maple, the result of which was, that three bottles and a-half of the sap were collected, weighing in all three pounds four ounces; this yielded 214 grains of a substance resembling impure moist sugar. Oak--Quercus. There are two varieties of the common oak, the Quercus robur of Linaeus, which are distinguished from each other as follows: --The acorns of one are supported by short stems, that is, pedunculated, and the leaves are subsessile or with very short petioles. The other kind has the fruit sessile and the leaves petiolated. The first kind is that most frequently found in this country, and is our common oak: it is called Quer. pedunculata; the other kind is called sessiliflora. This is frequently met with growing in near proximity to the former. They have been considered as distinct species; but as they are met with in all intermediate forms, however distinct they may appear at first view, they are probably only varieties; we..show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236891791
  • 9781236891792