The Useful Native Plants of Australia; (Including Tasmania)

The Useful Native Plants of Australia; (Including Tasmania)

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...protectors of the trees, are woodpeckers, who by instinct know where the larvae are, and by powerful strokes of their bills cut down quickly on them through the sound wood, and transfixing the grubs with their long worm-like, barbed tongue, draw them out, and devour them. In Australia there are no woodpeckers, and the consequence is that every tree cut up for firewood is seen to be traversed with large cylindrical canals made by these or allied larvae, which are the greatest destroyers of our forests, so abounding in the wood of almost every forest tree that, in a storm, it is dangerous to go near a large tree, as one apparently sound may snap across unexpectedly with a moderate wind. Note.---The lzezglzls and diamezerr given of trees (below referred to) must only be received as approximations. The diameters are those of the stems about three feet from the ground. r. Acacia acuminata, Ben!/1., (Syn. A. 0ldfiela'z'z', F.v.M.); N.O., Leguminosae, B.Fl., ii., 404. A " Myall." The ordinary name for species of the genus Acacia in the colonies is "Wattle." The name is an old English one, and signifies the interlacing of boughs together to form a kind of wicker-work. The aboriginals used them in the construction of their abodes, and the early colonists used to split the stems of slender species into laths for " wattling" the walls of their rude habitations. The scent of the wood is comparable to that of raspberriesIt is the best of West Australian woods for charcoal. The stems are much sought after for fence-posts, being very lasting, even when young. (Mueller.) The wood is also used by the aboriginals for making various weapons. It is a dark reddish-brown, close grained, hardwood, and Mr. Allen Ransome, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 422g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773861
  • 9781236773869