Linum to Oyster

Linum to Oyster

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...to distinguish it among the many Indian species of Cyperus, Andropogon, Schoenus, Carex, and other genera of those natural orders, which here form a wilderness of sweets and some of which have not only fragrant roots, but even spikes in the ancient and modern senses of that word." "My own enquiries having convinced me that the Indian spikenard of Dioscorides is the Sumbulu I Hind, and that the Sumbulu'l Hind is the Jatamansi of Amarsingh, I am persuaded that the true nard is a species of Valerian, produced in the most remote and hilly parts of India, such as Nepal, Morang, and Bhutan, near which Ptolemy fixes its native soil: the commercial agents of the Devaraja call it also Pampi, and, by their account, the dried specimens which look like the tails of ermines, rise from the ground, resembling ears of green wheat both in form and colour, --a fact which perfectly accounts for the names Stachys, Spica, Sumbul, and Kushah, which Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Persians have given to the drug, though it is not properly a spike, and not merely a root, but the whole plant, which the natives gather for sale, before the radical leaves have unfolded themselves from the base of the stem." It is most probable that the wrong plant was purposely sent to Sir W. Jones, in place of the true Jatamansi, which appears to have been so highly valued by the Bhutan authorities that strict orders had been given forbidding the exportation of living plants from that country. Dr. Wallich and Dr. Royle independently detected the imposture, and the true plant was sent home and described by Don in his Prodromus Flor. Nep. under the name of Patrinia Jatamansi. It was afterwards removed by DeCandolle to the Genus Nardostachys. Dr. Royle, in his Illustrations of...show more

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  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 735g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623495
  • 9781236623492