Trees, Plants, and Flowers; Their Beauties, Uses, and Influences

Trees, Plants, and Flowers; Their Beauties, Uses, and Influences

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...STORAX WORTS. The persistent calyx has four or five imbricated divisions. The mouopetalous corolla has divisions which do not coincide STYRAX. EBONY. 229 with those of the calyx. The stamens rise from the tuhe of the corolla, are of unequal length, and generally cohere slightly. The ovary adheres to the calyx, and has from two to five cells; the style is simple, thicker at the top; the seeds albuminous; the flowers axillary, solitary, or clustered, with bracteae like scales; the leaves alternate, are without stipulae, and usually toothed. These trees or shrubs are sparingly dispersed over the tropical regions of both worlds: one genus doubtfully exists in Africa, the Styrax guineense; and they are not inhabitants of Australia. Storax and Benzoin are the ingredients which make the family interesting, and are two fragrant gum resins; the first comes from Syria (Styrax officinale), and the latter from the Indian Archipelago (S. benzoin). They both irritate the mucous membrane of the air-passages, and are expectorants, and the latter is employed in making paregoric elixir, court-plaister/and the cosmetic called virgin's milk. A similar substance is procured in Brazil from three species of Styrax, and employed there, as well as in Europe, for incense in the churches. The genus Symplocos is used for dyeing yellow, and one species of it affords an astringent tea. ORDER EBENACE.E. THE EBONY TRIBE. The flowers of Ebenaceae are generally polygamous, or dioecious, seldom hermaphrodite, having a persistent calyx, with from three to six nearly equal divisions. The corolla is monopetalous, soon falls, with a limb divided into three or six. Twice or four times as many stamens as there are segments to the corolla, or only as many; filaments varying; ovary with...
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