Kew Bulletin Volume 5

Kew Bulletin 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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...any of these beans, as all the machines for making them have been confiscated. I have, &c. (Signed) P. Le Poer Trench. The Marquis of Salisbury, K.G., &c. &c. &c. CCIX.--KANAFF OR DECCAN HEMP. Hibiscus cannabinus, L.). Recently an announcement has been made of the discovery of a new textile plant on the shores of the Caspian. The plant known as Kanaff by the natives is said to yield a soft elastic and silky fibre, capable of being readily bleached or dyed in every shade of colour. From a report which appeared in a Tiflis journal, it is supposed that Kanaff fibre, from its abundance and consequent cheapness. and its extraordinary durability, will successfully compete with any other textile for sacking, ropes, and pack-thread. The fibre is said to have a greater resistance; than hemp, and its specific gravity is less. The chief source of information respecting the plant yielding this fibre is contained in an article entitled Note sur le Sunn, le Yucca, ct quelques autres plant es textiles, by MM. Jules Grisard et Max. Vanden-Berghe, in the Revue des Sciences Xaturelles appliquees, 1890, pp. 992-993. According to these authors, Kanaff or Kanap was at one time supposed to be Apocynum sibiricum. It is however now identified as Hibiscus cannabinus, L, a well-known fibre plant in India, also found in a cultivated state in Persia, and other places westward. In a note in Boissier's Flora Oricntalis, vol. i., p. 810, it is stated that Hibkcus cannabinus, L., is cultivated in the province of Ghilan in Persia, and that cords and ropes are prepared from its fibre. Specimens of KanafF fibre have recently been received at Kew, but no authentic specimens of the plant producing it have so far been seen. There is every probability, more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236902173
  • 9781236902177