Transactions - Botanical Society of Edinburgh Volume 10

Transactions - Botanical Society of Edinburgh Volume 10

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...flats near it, up to and after this; and Glaux was profuse in many saline places on this and next day. In this tract very large herds of kiang were often seen, and I repeatedly counted more than one hundred in sight at once. The journey of twenty-one miles on 1st October, still southerly up the same stream, brought me to Hanle itself, 13,426 feet, with its great monastery perched on the end of a high rocky ridge, and a small village at its base. Bound this there are wide grassy plains, with meandering streams, and a little cultivation, barley being the only cereal. Here I visited the monastery, and, without much edification, saw the doited-looking prior and brethren sitting among tinsel, coloured rags, and toys, mumbling at their devotions. Having with difficulty got porters here to relieve those who had come with me from Chushal, and to accompany me to Spiti, I, on 2d October, proceeded westerly across the Hanle Plain, where Christolea was one of the chief plants, its split fruit lying in heaps in little hollows. The latter part of the way was up the rough and rocky valley of a small stream, where Lonicera angustifolia occurred at 14,400 feet, and vegetation of all kinds was very scarce all along. Camp was at (Eastern) Dongan, twenty miles, at 14,841 feet, very dreary and bare, with but little water or grass. On 3d October, still up the valley, after turning southward, the ascent gettiug steeper, and all becoming more arid, and, if possible, barer, till at last, after a very steep bit of ascent, on which were patches of the minute Myricaria as high as 17,800 feet, I reached the crest of the Lanak La. On and near the broadish top--18,314 feet--there were a good many plants, but most of them at this season so dried up as to be...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236816285
  • 9781236816283