The London Journal of Botany Volume 5

The London Journal of Botany Volume 5

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...and made frequent use of the wild animals which roam about here. We did not expect that there was any living being when approaching that place, till we were surprized by a lean, little and filthylooking bushman, who was armed with bow and quiver, filled with arrows. He advanced towards us with marks of fear and curiosity; and although we tried, by making signals, to enter with him into conversation, it was all in vain; the wretched expression of his physiognomy left very little hope that he would understand any thing, except what is necessary for him to preserve his life in that lonely wilderness. He seemed much pleased with a present of tobacco, which has been, most likely, the reason of his servility, and for which he met us already at a distance from his residence, that he might have some of that highly esteemed narcotic. Remembering the fate of Captain Harris's te?.m of oxen, some years previous, about this track, we took great caution to secure our team against any visit during night from these merciless butchers, and continued our journey early next morning. Travelling for some hours over an open, but somewhat undulated tract, with some scattered flat topped hills, till we arrived at the height of a deep and wide valley, at the bottom of which the "Gy Koup," or Great Vet River runs, a periodical stream, which we crossed somewhat below its source. In descending the slope on its left side, our attention was attracted by the change which took place with regard to vegetation towards that depressed locality, in the occurrence of several kinds of plants, hitherto not observed on our route, belonging to a more northerly and hotter climate. Vol. v. B B Pterodiscus speciosus, Hook. (n. 1203), and Menodora africana, Hook. (n. 1132), seem to be only...show more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236675304
  • 9781236675309