Lachesis Lapponica

Lachesis Lapponica

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Excerpt: ...or middlemost, smaller; the thumb, or inner most, very small. A skin of a squirrel, that had been caught in winter, was white towards the end of the rump, as were also the outermost toes, and the ears. Pg 152 In my journey this day I met with the Stratiotes (aloides), and the Butomus (umbellatus); as well as the Mesomora (Cornus suecica), the spotted Palma Christi (Orchis maculata), and the Gnidium. (This last could be no other than the Mezereon, Daphne Mezereum, formerly called Coccognidium.) I found also the Ladies' Slipper (Cypripedium Calceolus), but it was almost out of flower. The calyx consists of four long, coloured, lanceolate leaves, two of which, the upper and lower, are longer and broader than the two lateral ones. Petals two, the uppermost inversely ovate, reflexed, bearing the anthers. Is it the pistil? The lowermost inflated, obtuse, about an inch long. Anthers two. Fruit below the flower, of one cell, oval, with three principal and three smaller angles, splitting laterally into three valves, having a central column between them. The seeds adhere longitudinally to the middle of the placenta (or Pg 153 receptacle). The herb has the aspect of Veratrum. August 12. The forests hereabouts are composed of Birch and Spruce fir mixed with Pine (Pinus sylvestris), and a little Juniper (Juniperus communis). The herbaceous plants grow luxuriantly in these woods, and attain a remarkable height. Berries of the Wild Vine (Rubus saxatilis), the Vaccinium (Whortleberry), Mesomora (Cornus suecica), Empetrum (Crow or Crake-berry), and (Rubus) Chamaemorus, are here in abundance. The (Pedicularis) Sceptrum Carolinum presents itself every where in the highway. The pales, with which the fields are fenced off, are placed horizontally against upright posts. The houses, or rather smoke-huts, are called Pyrter in this part of the country. In these there is no proper fire-place, but the whole is an oven, as it were, consisting of the four walls of the house, .show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236719077
  • 9781236719072