Excerpt from The Treasury of Botany, Vol. 1 of 2: A Popular Dictionary of the Vegetable Kingdom; With Which Is Incorporated a Glossary of Botanical Terms
What the treasury or botany really comprises, therefore, is a short history of those genera of plants which are known to possess especial interest on account of the medicinal qualities or the economical uses of their species, or by reason of their beauty or utility as garden plants; while to these two groups has been added a still larger one, comprising a. Selection of genera serving as representatives of the whole series of Natural Orders and their subdivisions. The space devoted to each separate genus is necessarily brief; and, except in the case of medicinal or economically valuable plants, of which a rather fuller account is given, the object has been to convey some notion of the characteristics of genera or families, rather than to attempt an enumeration, much less a description, of the species of which they consist. For that a massive Cyclopedia would have been necessary.
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