The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Great Britain Volume 1

The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Great Britain 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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... mass, that it is VOL. II. A A extremely difficult to cut through it even with the sharpest instrument. The stem of such a family of plants, which is doubtless often a monument of many centuries, seldom, he says, attains the length of a foot, but is sometimes as much as five or six inches in thickness, and has from its base an infinite number of twigs and branches. The higher we ascend on the mountains of our own land, till we gain the regions of perpetual snow, the more these characteristics of vegetation become apparent. Most Alpine plants are perennial, and the root, which is destined to endure a rigorous winter several months long, is usually very woody, and well shielded by a number of skins. Alpine plants of all countries are remarkable for their large flowers, which render them very conspicuous. The beautiful primroses and auriculas, gentians, saxifrages and avens, are all showy flowers, and combine with many yellow and white compound flowers to render the spot very beautiful. Meyen remarks, that he cannot fix on any particular colour as predominant in the Alpine Flora. It has long been said that white was the general hue of the flowers, but the learned German botanist, Schouw, has proved that this is not the case in the mountains of Europe; and Meyen adds, that on the heights of the Cordilleras.'of South America he rarely met with a white flower, and at the limits of perpetual snow never found one of that hue, though he saw blue, yellow, and violet blossoms even there in abundance. What heart cannot respond to the expressions of Coleridge, when at Chamouni he marked the brilliant blue gentians glittering on the very verge of the snow-clad peaks?--"Ye ice-falls, ye that on the mountain's brow Adown enormous ravines slope more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584937
  • 9781236584939