The Universal Atlas of Science, Ed. by J. Reynolds

The Universal Atlas of Science, Ed. by J. Reynolds

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... Calyx and Corolla present; Petals united, bearing the Stamens. 100. Loranthaceas, Loranihs, or Mistletoes. Shrubs, usually parasitical. Many in the tropical regions have showy flowers, which hang from the branches of trees, presenting a beautiful appearance. Lindley mentions 23 genera, and 412 species. The bark is astringent. 101. Caprifoliaceas, Caprifoils, or Honeyscckle Tri e. Shrubs or herbs, chiefly found in the temperate climates. There are 14 genera, and 220 species. Many of the plants have odoriferous flowers, and some possess emetic and purgative properties. The fruit ofthe common Elder is used in the manufacture of Elder Wine. 102. Rubiaceas, Cinciionads. Trees, shrubs, or herbs. The order has been divided into two sub-orders: 1. Cinchone, natives of the warm regions; and 2. Galie, or Stellatea, natives of colder regions. There are nearly 280 genera, and upwards of 2,800 known species. The properties of these plant? are, in general, tonic, febrifuge, and astringent; some, however, have emetic and purgative qualities, as Ipecacuanha. Among the food plants of this order the most important is Coffea arabica, the Coffee plant, a native of Arabia. The Madder of commerce, used in dyeing, is produced by the root of Rubia tinctoria. (Figs. 50, 51, 52.) 103. Valerianaceae, Valerian-worts. Herbs, of temperate climates. These plants are strong-scented or aromatic, and some of them are employed as bitter tonics and antispasmodics. There are 12 genera, and 185 species. 104. Dipsacaceas, Teazels. Herbs or undershrubs, found in the south of Europe, the Levant, and at the Cape of Good Hope. Their properties are unimportant. The heads of Dipsacus fullonum, Fuller's Teazel (Fig. 53), on account of their spiny bracts, are used more

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