The Scientific Monthly Volume 5

The Scientific Monthly 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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...the important indigenous trees is the koa. This produces a valuable wood much used in cabinet making, now becoming well known through its use for making ukuleles. Among the peculiar plants of the islands is the silver-sword, a strikingly beautiful composite with glistening silvery leaves, which grows only on the slopes of cinder cones in the crater of Haleakala and in a few very limited localities on Hawaii. The family Lobeliaceae is represented by about 100 species belonging to 6 genera. The numerous arborescent or tree-like species are very peculiar and characteristic. Many of them form slender trunks like small palms, crowned with a large cluster of long narrow leaves. The trunks of some species are as much as 30 or 40 feet high and the large brightcolored flowers are sometimes remarkably beautiful. The ferns are numerous and in the moist areas are often a dominating feature of the flora. Three species of tree ferns are found on the islands, and in some places form extensive forests. These plants pro duce at the base of the stipe, a great ball of brownish-yellow wool called pulu by the natives and used by them for stuffing pillows and mattresses. A peculiar ecological feature of the islands is the open bogs found upon many of the summits of the high mountain ridges in the regions of heavy rainfall. Many species form more or less hemispherical tussocks which rise above the general level of the bog. A showy lobelia with numerous large cream-colored flowers as much as three and one half inches long, peculiar violets, and a sundew are found there. These boggy areas are devoid of trees and sometimes occupy rather extensive areas, the one on Mt. Waialeale covering several square miles. SCIENTIFIC ITEMS We record with regret the death of more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236637356
  • 9781236637352