This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 Excerpt: ... petiole, blunt and often somewhat emarginate at the apex, entire, smooth on both surfaces, deep green, paler and minutely gland-dotted ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 Excerpt: ... petiole, blunt and often somewhat emarginate at the apex, entire, smooth on both surfaces, deep green, paler and minutely gland-dotted beneath, with the midrib prominent. Flowers small, arranged much as in P. acris, but the central flower of each three sessile; the corymbose cymes scarcely exceeding the leaves. Calyx-tube ovoid, fleshy, with immersed glands, the upper part prolonged a little above the ovary; segments 4, rounded, fleshy, spreading, persistent. Petals 4, rounded, spreading or reflexed, thick, concave, deciduous, white. Stamens indefinite, inserted in the epigynous throat of the calyx, erect. Ovary as in the last species. Fruit a globose berry, about as large as a pea, crowned by the persistent calyx-lobes, within which, in a small pit, is the persistent style, 2-celled. Seeds one in each cell, somewhat compressed, subreniform; testa thin and membranous, embryo spirally coiled or convolute, with a long thick radicle and very short cotyledons; no endosperm. Habitat.--The Pimento tree grows wild in most of the West Indies, and is common in Jamaica, where it occurs especially near the coast, prefering a limestone soil. It is also found in Central America--Mexico and Costa Rica--and in Venezuela. As an introduced plant, it is now cultivated in India and other tropical countries. It was grown in our stoves before 1732, and flowers 'very well. The flowers are sweet-smelling, and produced in June to August; occasionally the female organs are but partially developed, and the flowers, therefore, barren. The leaves are completely evergreen. This is the only species of Pimenta in Berg's restricted sense; he describes 5 varieties, the characters of which are taken from slight differences in the form of the leaves. It is readily distinguished from the las...Read Less
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