The London Quarterly and Holborn Review Volume 96

The London Quarterly and Holborn Review Volume 96

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...human beings who stick to the flowers though there is not any honey, and are looked down on by the practical or worldly-wise ones who always look well to matters, and go only where honey is, following, in their own way, the prudent maxim of the northern farmer to his son: D0an't tha marry fur munney, but goa where munney is. With the bee-orchis self-fertilisation is a certainty through the disposition of its parts, though from the colour of the lip one might suppose that it invited insects to fertilise it. VVhat, then, is the true object of that lip-colour? since clearly the plant does not need insect visits. While it has been laid down elsewhere that the great tendency is to pass from anemophilous to entomophilous in plants--from dependence on the wind to dependence on insects, because the production of such volumes of pollen lays a severe strain on the resources of the plant--at page 55 we read that the salad burnet (Poterium sanguisorba) in most cases keeps its stamens and pistils apart; the upper flowers in a head, or occasionally with a pistil among them. I Page 77. The plant has, so to speak, turned its back upon the insects and laid itself out for cross-fertilisation by wind agency--hence its long style branches at the summit into a perfect brush of stigmas to catch the flying pollen grain; hence also its twenty or thirty excessively long stamens, that its extravagant output of pollen may be caught by the wind and swept away. But this really suggests a good deal more than Mr. Step sets before us, though at other parts of his book he cannot help glancing at it, and glancing with some oppressed sense of difficulty too. Great risks are run in insect-attendance. Here is one admission of it among many: No doubt in some more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236832299
  • 9781236832290