Transactions - Botanical Society of Edinburgh Volume 18

Transactions - Botanical Society of Edinburgh Volume 18

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...been overlooked by other botanists. His label in Mr Borrer's herbarium runs thus: 'Triticum alpinum. Nova spec. It differs from caninum by its short arista and upright spikes, and from rcpens by not running at the roots.' No date is mentioned. It is thus clearly evident that he distinguished it as a new species. The only British species with which it can be confounded is T caninum, from which it may be distinguished by its leaves, smooth on both sides, its usually two-flowered spikelets, and its want of the long awn; it also appears to be a more slender plant, with narrower leaves." In Hooker and Arnott's British Flora (8th ed., 1860) it is given as var. ft of T. caninum, with the synonym T. biflorum, Mitten (scarcely of Brignoli). In the Student's Flora (1st ed., 1870) it is mentioned as T. caninum, var. biflorum, Mitten (T. alpinum, Don MSS.), and is said to be "only T. rcpens"--a statement qualified in the 3rd edition by the addition of "judging from the specimen." Nyman (Conspectus) places it with a "?" under T. violaccum, Horn. In the Journal of Botany (vol. xxv. p. 57, February 1887), Mr Cosmo Melvill writes on the subject under the heading "Agropyrum (Triticum) violaceum, Hornemann in Scotland." After mentioning that he had found a Triticum on Ben Lawers, he proceeds to say that when he came to examine the grass (some years after collecting it) he found it " to correspond exactly in every minutest particular with specimens of Triticum violaceum" from Norway and Lapland. He further adds that Mr A. Bennett had come to the same conclusion, with the addition that it was "identical with an original specimen of Don's T. alpinum in the Kew Herbarium." Mr Melvill also notices...show more

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