Synopsis Plantarum Succulentarum: Cum Descriptionibus, Synonymis, Locis, Observationibus Anglicanis, Culturaque

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Typis Richardi Taylor et Socii, 1812 - 334 Seiten
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Seite 185 - The usual periods of its flowering is in July, and when the plants are large, many flowers will open the same night, and there will be a succession of them for several nights together. Sometimes...
Seite 185 - ... three or four in the morning they fade and hang down quite decayed, never opening again when once closed. During their short continuance there is scarcely any flower of greater beauty, or that makes a more magnificent appearance; for the calyx of the flower, when open, is nearly a foot in diameter, the inside of which being of a splendid yellow colour, appears like the rays of a bright star: the outside is of a dark brown; the petals being of a pure white, add to the lustre. The vast number of...
Seite 176 - Indies. The fruits are about three quarters of an inch in length, of a taper form, drawing to a point at the bottom toward the plant, but blunt at the top where the empalement of the flower was fituated. The tafte is agreeably acid, which in a hot Country muft render the fruit more grateful.
Seite 184 - ... flower of greater beauty, or that makes a more magnificent appearance. For the calyx of the flower, when open, is nearly a foot in diameter ; the inside of which, being of a splendid yellow colour, appears like the rays of a bright star. The outside is of a dark brown ; the petals, being of a pure white, add to the lustre ; the vast number of recurved stamens surrounding the style in the centre of the flower make...
Seite 175 - They grow upon the steep sides of rocks in the hottest parts of America, where they seem to be thrust out of the apertures, having little or no earth to support them ; their roots shooting down into the fissures of the rocks to a considerable depth, so that it is troublesome to get the plant up.
Seite 314 - This extraordinary plant has not yet produced any flowers with me. It is completely enveloped in a short dense skin-like cover of . cottony wool, which is even capable of being stripped off the leaves like a skin, leaving the leaves themselves green after being divested of it. This cotton, if lighted in the flame of a candle, &c. slowly consumes in the manner of touch -paper ; owing to the resinous quality this genu?
Seite 185 - ... inside of which, being of a splendid yellow colour, appears like the rays of a bright star. The outside is of a dark brown ; the petals, being of a pure white, add to the lustre ; the vast number of recurved stamens surrounding the style in the centre of the flower make a fine appearance ; add to all this the fine scent of the flower, which perfumes the air to a considerable distance. There is scarcely any plant which deserves a place in the hothouse so much as this, especially as it may be trained...
Seite 176 - The cacti are plants of a singular structure, but especially the larger kinds of them ; which appear like a large, fleshy, green melon, with deep ribs, set all over with strong sharp thorns, and, when the plants are cut through the middle, their inside is a soft, palegreen, fleshy substance, very full of moisture. The fruit of all the species is frequently eaten by the inhabitants of the West Indies.
Seite 175 - Plants in the Places of their Growth, there would probably be found a much greater Variety of thcfc Plants, than is at prefent known.
Seite 175 - ... melon, with deep ribs, the elevations set all over with knots of strong sharp thorns. When divided through the middle the inside is found to be a soft, green, fleshy substance, very full of moisture. The flowers and fruit are produced in circles round the upper part of the cap. Some of those which have been brought to England have been more than a yard in ••! r HISTORY OF THE VEGETABLE KINGDOM.

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