Orchids for Amateurs, by J. Britten and W.H. Gower

Orchids for Amateurs, by J. Britten and W.H. Gower

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...the different effects produced by the poison oaks upon different people have their counterpart in these " lady's slippers;" at any rate, it seems strange that we have not hitherto heard of their irritating properties. Professor Babcock's notice is as follows: ""Working botanists have so often been poisoned by Rhus Toxicodendron that many of them have come to regard it as their special bane. In the five seasons commencing with 1868 I was particularly careful not to touch this poisonous plant, not to pluck a specimen growing in its immediate vicinity, nor to receive from the hands of another person a freshly-gathered plant, for fear it might have come in contact with Rhus. In spite of these precautions, in the latter part of May or first of June in each year, I was poisoned so severely as to be confined to my room for several days. In June, 1872, after gathering several specimens of Cypripedium spectabile, I observed that my hands were stained with the purplish secretion of the glandular hairs with which its stem and leaves are densely dotted, and shortly after experienced a peculiar irritation about my eyes. The next day my whole face presented the appearance of a severe case of Rhus poisoning. On reviewing my notes of the previous years, I found that in each season the poisoning had appeared on the day after I had collected Cypripedium spectabile 01 C. pubescens. In 1873 and 1874 I collected more extensively than ever before; but, suspecting that my previous sufferings had been caused by these two species of Cypripedium rather than the Rhus, took no unusual pains to avoid the latter, but refrained from touching either of the former with the bare hand. The result was what I had expected, for I escaped entirely the poisoning...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236505239
  • 9781236505231