Familiar Wild Flowers Volume 5

Familiar Wild Flowers Volume 5

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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. Excerpt: ...blackberry, and some of the varieties of each are found to closely approach each other; but one ordinarily finds no difficulty in identifying it. The stem of the dewberry is covered with a greyish bloom, and is much more slender and weak than that of the blackberry, and the prickles too are of a less formidable character. The flowers are large, but few in number, either white or a pale pink, and often in small clusters at the ends of the branches. In the blackberry we often find the leaves composed of five distinct parts, but in the present plant they are, as our illustration very clearly shows, made up of three leaflets only. Neither have they ordinarily the grey bloom or felting that is often found in the foliage of the bramble or blackberry, but are at once thinner to the touch, and green on both the upper and under surfaces. It will be seen too that the lateral leaflets are without stems. The fruit is ordinarily less in size than a fully-developed blackberry, but though the parts or drupes of which it is composed are much fewer in number, they are individually much larger, and as it is covered with a rich bloom it has a decidedly inviting appearance, and one that, on a closer acquaintance with it, we feel to be amply justified, as its flavour is far superior to that of the blackberry. The sepals are large, and instead of falling back from the fruit, as in the better-known blackberry, close a good deal over it and form a cup in which it rests. The rich blue bloom of its luscious fruit has earned for it its popular name dewberry, a name that has no reference to dew at all, but is a corruption of dove-berry. The Anglo-Saxon word for dove is tluua, and in the German name for the plant, the tauhen-beere, we see still preserved the idea that we have...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236866339
  • 9781236866332