Elements of Botany, Or, Outlines of the Natural History of Vegetables: Illustrated by Forty Engravings

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Robert Desilver, 1836 - Botany - 299 pages

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Page 74 - Poestan rose unfolds Her bud more lovely near the fetid leek (Crest of stout Britons), and enhances thence The price of her celestial scent : the gourd And thirsty cucumber, when they perceive Th...
Page 63 - Certain, that the leaves are incapable of essentially altering the taste, smell, colour and other properties of many of the bodies which their vessels absorb : and it would be rather unphilosophical to contend, that they are the digestive organs of the plant, unless we were able to prove (what has not yet been proved), that the nutritious matters which are conveyed from the root to the leaves, are again returned by the leaves to the stem, and other parts of the body. MORE probable than any of the...
Page 28 - SUPPLEMENT to a Memoir concerning the Fascinating Faculty which has been ascribed to the Rattle-snake, and other American Serpents.
Page 185 - Saxon hoc,) may, perhaps, be ultimately traced to the word Pak, or Pauk, which in the language of certain Asiatic tribes, such as the Curdes, signifies the leaf (folium) of a vegetable. This will appear the less improbable, when it is recollected, how much it is the practice of some nations to change the...
Page 28 - Some account of the Siren Lacertina, and other species of the same genus of amphibious animals ; in a letter to Mr. John Gottlob Schneider, of Saxony, with an outline engraving of the animal, from a finished drawing made by myself.
Page 305 - ... are uncommonly large and numerous. The lid of this tube either opens spontaneously, or is easily lifted up by insects and small worms, who are supposed to resort to these leaves in search of a purer beverage than the surrounding swamps afford. Rumphius, who has described and figured the plant, says "various little worms and insects crawl into the orifice, and die in the tube, except a certain small Squilla or shrimp, with a protuberant back, sometimes met with, which lives there.
Page 310 - Two brother swains, of Collin's gentle name, The same their features, and their forms the same, With rival love for fair Collinia sigh, Knit the dark brow, and roll the unsteady eye. With sweet concern the pitying beauty mourns, And soothes with smiles the jealous pair by turns.
Page 33 - As a physician, he discovered a mind quick in discriminating disease, skilful in the application of appropriate remedies, though he certainly was a very cautious if not timid practitioner. No man read more extensively on the subject of diseases — in fact he was deeply versed in pathological knowledge, derived from books. As however his medical practice was never very extensive, his practical observations delivered in his lectures were strikingly marked with the evidences of overweening caution....
Page 33 - Credulity is the most injurious feature in the character of the naturalist, as well as of the historian. Its influence, in one individual, is often felt and propagated through many ages. Unfortunately, too, it has been the vice of naturalists, or those who have touched on questions relative to natural history.
Page 26 - I became acquainted with this young Englishman in Philadelphia several years ago; and observing in him an ardent attachment to, and some knowledge of botany, I omitted no opportunity of fostering his zeal, and of endeavouring to extend his knowledge. He had constant access to my house and the benefit of my botanical books.

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