Science-Gossip Volume 9

Science-Gossip Volume 9

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...for this local species, so that he was now sole agent for it, and would be most happy to sell me one for eighteen pence. If botanists have the folly to expose, Hezekiah-like, their treasures to the eyes of such people, we shall no doubt soon have the rapacious hordes of the Babylonians upon us. For my part, I protest against opening the gates to the invader.--Ed. Atkinson, F.L.S., F.Z.S. Poisonous Plants At Chester.--In your last number, Kliz. Edwards asks the.name of the plant which was eaten by some boys from the Chester Workhouse in the early part of last summer, and caused the death of two of their number! It was (Enanthe crocata, but was erroneously described at the inquest as Water Hemlock; and one of our local papers in reporting the case gave the scientific name of that plant, Oicuta virosa. (Enanthe eroeata grows very freely on the river-side where the boys gathered it, and was mistaken by them for wild celery, which grows in company with it. Six boys ate of the tuberous roots; two died within twentyfour hours, and the other four, who had eaten very little, recovered. Cieuta virosa is not to be found in our neighbourhood.--/. D. S., Chester. Forcing Pupje.--I think Mr. Anderson (scienceGossip, April, 1873, p. 93), must have been in too great a hurry with his pupae, and subjected them to too great a heat. I nave sometimes tried forcing them forward, and by carefully increasing the heat by slow degrees each day, imitating as far as possible the gradual advance of warm weather in the spring of the year, have been fairly successful, though I do not know that I got so many out as I would have done by letting them alone. Once, however, in my very early days, when even Pieris brassicce was worth breeding, I had a lot of pupae of this species...show more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489705
  • 9781236489708