The Colours of Flowers as Illustrated in the British Flora

The Colours of Flowers as Illustrated in the British Flora

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... very simplest flowers are yellow. (2.) Many of the simpler flowers in each family (except the highest) are apt to be yellow. (3.) The more advanced members of very simple families are usually white or pink. (4.) The simpler members of slightly advanced families are usually white or pink. (5.) The most advanced members of all families are usually red, purple, or blue. (6.) Almost all the members of the most advanced families are purple or blue. (7.) The most advanced members of the most advanced families are almost always blue, unless spotted or variegated. CHAPTER III. VARIEGATION. SO far we have spoken for the most part only of what ladies would call self-colour, as though every flower were of one unvaried hue throughout. We must now add a few considerations on the subject of the spots and lines which so often variegate the petals in certain species. In this connection, again, Mr. Wallace's hint is full of meaning. Everywhere in nature, he points out, spots and eyes of colour appear on the most highly-modified parts, and this rule applies most noticeably to the case of petals. Simple regular flowers, like the buttercups and roses, hardly ever have any spots or lines; but in very modified forms like the labiates and the orchids they are extremely common. The scrophularineous family, to which the snap-dragon belongs, is one most specially adapted to insects, and even more irregular than that of the labiates; and here we find the most singular effects produced by dappling and mixture of colours. The simple yellow mullein, it is true, has few such spots or lines, nor have even many of the much higher blue veronicas; but in the snapdragons, the foxglove, the toadflax, the ivy-linaria, the eyebright, and the cal ceolarias, the intimate...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236917480
  • 9781236917485