Hand-book for the Botanic Gardens of the Royal Dublin Society, Glasnevin

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W. Leckie, 1865 - 88 pages
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Page 14 - Arranged to meet the requirements of the Syllabus of the Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education, South Kensington.
Page 39 - A. costatnm, or A. colocasia, which grew by the edge of the water to the height of ten or twelve feet, and so near that I could reach them on both sides as we passed along. But the most magnificent objects were the fine trees of Astrapcea Wallichii, or viscosa. The name of this Malagasy plant was derived from the word for lightning, on account of the brilliancy of its flowers; and Sir Joseph Paxton and Dr. Lindley have thus spoken of A. Wallichii : — " One of the finest plants ever introduced....
Page 38 - ... contains, renders the atmosphere very unhealthy, and few persons beside the negroes employed in cultivation can remain in the neighborhood with safety. In the list of useful grasses we must not forget the Bulrush spoken of in the Bible. This appears to be no other than the paper-reed of the Egyptians. The ark in which the infant Moses lay among the sedges of the Nile, was made of this plant. Isaiah speaks of the paper-reeds by the brooks, (Is. xix. 7,) which undoubtedly alludes to the same, as...
Page 38 - PAP1TRDS. pith which fills the interior, after the outside green pelicle is removed from the stems, was the material which was used by the Egyptians for making their paper.

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