The Young Botanist. by the Author of 'Flowers and Their Teachings'

The Young Botanist. by the Author of 'Flowers and Their Teachings'

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... roots and leaves of a few, such as the carrot and parsley, are useful as food. Beautiful, old-fashioned fennel is a member of this tribe of plants; its delicate, light, feathery foliage of deepest green, its umbelliferous crown of pale yellow flowers used to be more frequently seen in gardens than they are now; for of old it was not only much used in cooking, but was valued for its perfume. Milton says: "A savoury odour blown more pleased my sense Than smell of sweetest fennel." And in poor Ophelia's nosegay there was "fennel for you, --and columbines." Now look at this picture of the duck-weed. It is a water plant, and bears flowers very different to any which have yet been described. You must have seen it covering some pond in the summer months. Perhaps you only thought of it as a weed, which made the water green and unwholesome; you did not care to examine it, or to look for the flower, which is so difficult to find. Gerarde was not aware of its existence. He says: "Duck's meat is, as it were, a certain green mass, with very little round leaves, of the bigness of lentils; out of the midst whereof grow down very fine threads like hairs, which are instead of roots. It hath neither stalk, flower, nor fruit." The roots are like slender threads, swelling a little at the end, but never reaching the bottom of the pond. The leaves, scarcely to be called leaves, are fleshy and very succulent, and of a bright green colour. As for the flower, if you will watch carefully you will see here and there a tiny speck, of a pale yellow colour, sparkling on the edge of the leaf. If you look at some of these through a microscope, you will see that the shining yellow spots are the anthers of the flower, which lie within the...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829611
  • 9781236829610