The Cactaceae; Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family Volume 1

The Cactaceae; Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family Volume 1

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...273. 1859. 1. Two plants of Opuntia drummondii. 3 Joints of Opuntia triacantha. 2. Joints of Opuntia retrorsa with flower. 4, 5. Joint and section of fruit of Opuntia jamaicensis. (All natural size.) 6 mm. long; spines (if present) solitary or 2 to 4, brownish red or gray, 2 to 4 cm. long; flowers yellow, 6 cm. broad; petals obovate; fruit red, juicy but insipid, obovoid to clavate, 22 to35 mm. long, 15 mm. in diameter at thickest part, bearing few areoles and no spines; umbilicus slightly depressed in the center; seeds 1 to 8, about 4 mm. broad. Type locality: Apalachicola, Florida. Distribution: Sandy soil from northern Florida to Pamlico Sound, North Carolina. In February 1916, Dr. J. K. Small visited the coastal islands near Charleston, South Carolina, for the purpose of collecting Gibbes's Opuntia frustulenta. He found this species very common on Folly Island and on the Isle of Palms, where it grows abundantly in the sand, and also very variable as to shape and size of joints. He says the joints break off easily and attach themselves to one's clothing like the sand spur, making progress over these islands difficult and painful. It is the common belief that this species rarely flowers. It usually flowers when first brought into cultivation, but rarely afterward, this doubtless being due to unsuitable greenhouse conditions. The fruit described was collected by Dr. J. K. Small, December 10, 1917, at Apalachicola, Florida, the type locality. According to Professor L. R. Gibbes, it is known as dildoes about Charleston. Illustration: Maund, Botanist 5: pl. 246. Plate xv11, figure 6, represents flowering joints of a plant sent from La Mortola, Italy, to the New York Botanical Garden in 1912; plate xv1n, figure 1, shows the plant collected by Dr....show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236520645
  • 9781236520647