Hooker's Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany Volume 2

Hooker's Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany Volume 2

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...forming a wide bay at the mouth of the Trombetas, and having all the appearance of a lake. When the wind is light, and the sun declining considerably from the meridian, the river appears perfectly smooth and glassy, save for here and there an eddy formed by its swift current, and for the floating islands of grass which constantly traverse it after rain. On the left bank are the steep cliffs above-mentioned, dotted and crowned with forest. Where the cliffs cease, a small igarape enters, coming from a beautiful lake of two arms (Lago de Jeretipaua) embosomed in dense wood. From the further bank of the igarape rises a forest-clad sierra, stretching into the interior, until its view is obstructed by the nearer and still primitive forest of Obidos. Further up still, the river tends to south-west; and a reddish-brown patch amongst the wood marks out an Oleria, or pottery, belonging to the Commandante of Obidos, and the only establishment of the kind in the Comarca. Beyond the Oleria rises an abrupt round-backed sierra, the further side of which forms the shore of the Rio Trombetas. Looking nearer, we have at our feet a deep ravine pierced through the cliff, and traversed by a steep path, leading down to the praya; its sides thickly clad with shrubs, amongst which the Rubiacea with red bracteas, gathered in coming up the river, is most conspicuous, and including also a pretty pale-leaved Acacia, an Apocyneous shrub, with numerous cymes of vermilion flowers, a shrubby Solatium, &c. A young tree of the family of Bombacea rears its slender stem and crown of large digitate leaves amongst these shrubs. The herbage at our feet consists only of a grass with fingered spikes (a Digitaria) and a Cyperus; but there are, also, at a little distance, beds of a large...
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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236675029
  • 9781236675026