A Systematic Arrangement of British Plants: With an Easy Introduction to the Study of Botany, Volume 2

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Cadell and Davies and Robinson, Wynne and Scholey, Walker, Cuthell and Wallis, 1801 - 1711 pages
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Page 353 - Seeds, though perfected, are known not to vegetate at this depth in the earth. Our seeds therefore, though so safely lodged, would, after all, be lost to the purpose for which all seeds are intended. Lest this should be the case, " a second admirable provision is made to raise them above the surface when they are perfected, and to sow them at a proper distance :
Page 58 - ... as your common Latin had furnished you with the word serra, you knew before ; but your knowledge was not, by quick application, so ready as it might have been. As most leaves are so formed, serrated is a word of frequent use in botany. " The timber of the ash, unlike that of other trees, has the advantage of being nearly as good when young, as when old : it is hard, tough, and so very elastic, that it may readily be bent round in a circle : hence coopers are glad to avail themselves of it for...
Page 254 - From a quarter to half an ounce of the inner bark, boiled in small beer, is a sharp purge. In dropsies, or constipations of the bowels of cattle, it is a very certain purgative. — The berries gathered before they are ripe, dye wool green.
Page 345 - This shrub should never be permitted to grow in corn lands, for the ears of wheat that grow near it never fill, and its influence in this respect has been known to extend as far as 3 or 4 hundred yards across a field.
Page 437 - ... by dyers for that purpose, as it gives the brightest dye. Blue cloths dipped in a decoction of it become green. The yellow colour of the paint, called Dutch pink, is got from this plant ; the tinging quality resides in the stems and...
Page 274 - Aphis ulmi ; the latter generally curl the leaves, so as to make them a secure shelter against the weather. The bark of elm, dried and ground to powder, has been mixed with meal in Norway to make bread in times of scarcity. The flowers have a violet smell. 1 . White Elm — Ulmus Americana.
Page 400 - Bruised and agitated with water, it raises a lather like soap, which washes greasy spots out of clothes.
Page 411 - It is a remarkable instance of the sleep of plants ; for every night the leaves approach in pairs, including within their upper surfaces the tender rudiments of the new shoots ; and the uppermost pair but one, at the end of the stalk, is furnished with longer leafstalks than the others, so that they can close upon the terminating pair, and protect the end of the branch.
Page 367 - This plant, but little regarded in happier climates, is made subservient to a great variety of purposes, in the bleak and barren Highlands of Scotland. The poorer inhabitants make walls for their cottages, with alternate layers of heath, and a kind of mortar made of black earth and straw, the woody roots of the heath being placed in the centre, the tops externally and internally. They make their beds of it, by placing the roots downwards, and the tops only being uppermost, they are sufficiently soft...
Page 370 - Withering to think of giving it in a case of difficulty of swallowing, seemingly occasioned by a paralytic affection. The patient was directed to chew a thin slice of the root as often as she could bear it, .and in about a month recovered her power of swallowing.

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