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The Botanical Magazine Vol. 8 Or, Flower-Garden Displayed   By: (1746-1799)

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THE

BOTANICAL MAGAZINE;

OR,

Flower Garden Displayed:

IN WHICH

The most Ornamental FOREIGN PLANTS, cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green House, and the Stove, are accurately represented in their natural Colours.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

Their Names, Class, Order, Generic and Specific Characters, according to the celebrated LINNÆUS; their Places of Growth, and Times of Flowering:

TOGETHER WITH

THE MOST APPROVED METHODS OF CULTURE.

A WORK

Intended for the Use of such LADIES, GENTLEMEN, and GARDENERS, as wish to become scientifically acquainted with the Plants they cultivate.

By WILLIAM CURTIS ,

Author of the FLORA LONDINENSIS.

VOL. VIII.

"Much I love To see the fair one bind the straggling pink, Cheer the sweet rose, the lupin, and the stock, And lend a staff to the still gadding pea. Ye fair, it well becomes you. Better thus Cheat time away, than at the crowded rout, Rustling in silk, in a small room, close pent, And heated e'en to fusion; made to breathe A rank contagious air, and fret at whist, Or sit aside to sneer and whisper scandal."

VILLAGE CURATE, p. 74.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY STEPHEN COUCHMAN, For W. CURTIS, No 3, St. George's Crescent , Black Friars Road; And Sold by the principal Booksellers in Great Britain and Ireland, M DCC XCIV. /

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LATHYRUS ARTICULATUS. JOINTED PODDED LATHYRUS.

Class and Order.

DIADELPHIA DECANDRIA.

Generic Character.

Stylus planus, supra villosus, superne latior. Cal. laciniæ superiores 2 breviores.

Specific Character and Synonyms.

LATHYRUS articulatus pedunculis subunifloris, cirrhis polyphyllis; foliolis alternis. Linn. Syst. Veg. ed. 14. Murr. p. 662. Ait. Kew. v. 2. p. 41.

CLYMENUM hispanicum, flore vario, siliqua articulata. Tourn. Inst. 396.

LATHYRUS hispanicus, pedunculis bifloris, cirrhis polyphyllis foliolis alternis. Mill. Dict. ed. 6. 4to.

The seed vessels are of the first importance in ascertaining the several species of Lathyrus, some being naked, others hairy, some long, others short, some having a smooth and perfectly even surface, others, as in the present instance, assuming an uneven or jointed appearance.

Of this genus we have already figured three annual species, common in flower gardens, viz. odoratus , tingitanus , and sativus ; to these we now add the articulatus , not altogether so frequently met with, but meriting a place on the flower border, as the lively red and delicate white so conspicuous in its blossoms, causes it to be much admired.

It is a native of Italy, and was cultivated at the Chelsea Garden, in the time of Mr. RAND, anno 1739.

It is a hardy annual, requiring support, and rarely exceeding the height of two feet, flowering in July and August, and is readily raised from seeds, which should be sown in the open border at the beginning of April.

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LOPEZIA RACEMOSA. MEXICAN LOPEZIA.

Class and Order.

MONANDRIA MONOGYNIA.

Generic Character.

Cal. 4 phyllus. Cor. irregularis, pentapetala, duo superiora geniculata, quintum inferne declinatum, plicatum, ungue arcuata.

Specific Character and Synonyms.

LOPEZIA racemosa caule herbaceo ramoso; foliis alternis ovato lanceolatis, serratis; floribus racemosis. Cavanilles Ic. et descr. Pl.

Some plants have a claim on our attention for their utility, some for their beauty, and some for the singularity of their structure, and the wonderful nature of their oeconomy; in the last class we must place the present plant, the flowers of which we recommend to the examination of such of our readers as may have an opportunity of seeing them; to the philosophic mind, not captivated with mere shew, they will afford a most delicious treat... Continue reading book >>




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