An Elementary Course of Botany; Structural, Physiological and Systematic

An Elementary Course of Botany; Structural, Physiological and Systematic

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...flowers are crowded on a globular fleshy peduncle, which enlarges into a large fleshy fruit, sometimes weighing 'M lbs. Finis indiea (the llanyan tree) is remarkable for sending down numerous roots from its branches, which strike into the earth and convert the tree into a kind of grove. Distribution.--The Artocarpaeeto constitute a large group, whose members are almost exclusively tropical and subtropical. Qualities and Uses.--Most of these plants have a milky juice, containing more or less of an acrid poisonous principle and of caoutchouc. Broussonetia papyri/era is the Paper-Mulberry tree, the inner bark of which is used for making paper &c. in China and the South-Sea Islands. Antiari sarridura has a fibrous bark, used for cordage and matting, also Cecropia pt-ltuta, Brosimttm, Sec. Caoutchouc is largely obtained from Ficus elastica and other species; a milkv juice, of very nutritious character, is obtained from the Cow-tree of South America, Brosimum utile. The renowned Upas-tree of Java is a large tree, Aniiaris toxicaria, which has a very poisonous juice, and it is stated that linen made from its fibres, if badly prepared, produces great irritation of the skin. The fruit of Madura auratitiaca, the Osage Orange, has an orangecoloured pulp, used by the North-American Indians to stain their skin; the wood of M. tinctoria is used by dyers under the name of Fustic. Mortis alba, the White Mulberry, is largely cultivated in Italy and the East for feeding silkworms. Dorstenia Contrayena was formerly esteemed as a tonic and diaphoretic. The wood of Ficits Sycomorus, the Sycamore-fig, is very durable, and is supposed to have been used for mummy-cases. The seeds of the plants of this Order are generally wholesome and nutritious. (sttlaginace...show more

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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 549g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236631749
  • 9781236631749