Handbook of the British Flora Volume 1

Handbook of the British Flora 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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...containing I0 or 12 seeds. On sands and dry banks near the sea, very common round the Mediterranean, and here and there on the shores of the Atlantic, up to the Channel Islands, and again near the Mull of Galloway, on the south-west coast of Scotland. Fl. early summer. Fig. 230. V. MEDICS. MEDICAGO. Herbs (with one exotic shrubby species), with leaves pinnately trifoliolate; the leaflets usually toothed; the leafy stipules adhering to the leafstalks; the flowers small, in short spikes or loose heads, on axillary peduncles. Calyx 5-toothed. Keel obtuse. Stamens diadelphous, the upper one entirely free. Pod small, with few seeds, very much curved or spirally twisted, and indehiscent. A rather numerous genus in the Mediterranean region and a portion of central Asia, with a few species extending as weeds over a great portion of the globe. To determine the annual species it is absolutely necessary to have the fruit, as some cannot be distinguished by any other character. Perennials, with conspicuous purple or pale yellow flowers. Stems mostly erect. Flower purple. Pod forming 2 or 3 spires 2. Lucern M. Stems decumbent. Flower pale yellow. Pod not form-ing a complete spire 1. Sickle M. Annuals, with very email, bright yellow flowers. Pod small, 1-seeded, not forming a complete spire.. 3. Black M. Pod several-seeded, spirally twisted, edged with prickles. Plant downy. Stipules nearly entire 6. Bur 31. Plant nearly glabrous. Stipules finely toothed. Pod nearly globular, of 3 or 4 spires, furrowed at the edge between the prickles 5. Spotted 31. Pod of 2 or 3 flat loose, strongly-veined spires, not furrowed at the edge 4. Denticulate M. The shrubby M. arborea, and one or two annual species from southern Europe, have been occasionally cultivated in gardens...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633202
  • 9781236633200