Popular British Fungi

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... the name of Xylostroma giganfeum was applied, and is mentioned by Ray and others under the English name of "oak leather." This plant became only too well known about fifteen years since, when the damage which it caused among the gunboats at Portsmouth was a prominent subject of discussion, and was, as might have been expected, greatly exaggerated. No doubt the matter was a very serious one, but some of the assertions which were current regarding the state of the boats were almost ludicrously in advance of the facts of the case; such, for instance was the statement that the point of an umbrella could be poked through the bottom of some of the vessels. The subject was fully and carefully investigated, especially in the columns of the Gardeners' Chronicle, to which source we are indebted for much of the information here given. In matters like this the question will always arise as to how the wood becomes impregnated with the " spawn" or mycelium of the fungus, and how it is that the fungus is not sooner developed? There is no doubt that the mycelium may be present in the wood without being apparent on the surface; and it is also certain that it may remain in this situation in a quiescent or dormant state until some favouring combination of circumstances causes its development. Moreover, as long as the tree is in a growing state, and the tissues of the wood are endowed with vitality, the spawn may be present without mischief; but "when they are dead, though it may lie dormant for a time, it at length increases, with greater or less rapidity, purely at their expense." The rapidity of the growth of the fungus when it has once appeared on an oak beam is almost incredible"A specimen, for instance, stripped from the...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236598954
  • 9781236598950