Kew Bulletin Volume 7

Kew Bulletin Volume 7

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...stoloniferous from the base. Leaves oblong, doltoid at the base, bright green above, rather glaucous beneath, smaller and firmer in texture than those of M. sapientum; petiole a foot long. Spike drooping, shorter than the leaves; male flowers deciduous; bracts firmer in texture than those of M. sapientum, naked and polished outside, not at all pruinose, brown. Female flowers in several laxlydisposed clusters. Fruit green, oblong trigonous, curved, 2-3 inches long, 1 inch diameter, not narrowed to the apex, but narrowed to the short stout stipe, not edible, but filled with seed. Seeds black, turbinate, inch diameter, angled by pressure. Distribution: --Widely distributed and cultivated in the Ehjlippinc jjlanda--under the name of Abaca. It ascends the mountains m the wild state to the lower limit of Pinus insularis. It is cultivated (at elevations of 200 feet to.100 feet) for the sake of its cordage fibre, one of the most valuable known for the manufacture of white ropes. The plant has been introduced to other tropicnl countries, but, so far, it has not succeeded anywhere so well as in the Philippines. (Kew Bull., 1887, April, pp. 1-3.) Var. M. amboinensis, Rumph. Stem not so tall. Spike not so drooping. Fruit as long;is a man's finger, black at maturity. Native of Amboyna. A very complete set of specimens of fruit (Ceylon), seeds (Manila), of prepared hemp, cords, ropes, mats, plaited work, hats, lace handkerchiefs from M. textilis are shown in the Kew Museum. Dried specimens of the inflorescence of this species are desired for the Kew Herbarium; while a portion of the spike preserved in spirit would be a valuable addition to the Museum.-19. M. discolor, Horan. Stoloniferous. Stem slender, cylindrical, 6-10 feet high. Leaves narrow-oblong, smaller..show more

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  • English
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  • 1236551672
  • 9781236551672