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. 1850 Excerpt: ...a month the change is most extraordinary; the whole region becomes a luxuriant wood of enormous thistles, which have suddenly shot up to a ...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. 1850 Excerpt: ...a month the change is most extraordinary; the whole region becomes a luxuriant wood of enormous thistles, which have suddenly shot up to a height of ten or eleven feet, and are all in full bloom. The road or path is hemmed in on both sides; the view is completely obstructed; not an animal is to be seen; and the stems of the thistles are so close to each other, and so strong, that independent of the prickles with which they are armed, they form an impenetrable barrier. The sudden growth of these plants is quite astonishing; and though it would be an unusual misfortune in military history, yet it is really possible, that, an invading army unacquainted with this country, might be imprisoned by these thistles, before it had time to escape from them. The summer is not over before the scene undergoes another rapid change; the thistles suddenly lose their sap and verdure, their heads droop, the leaves shrink and fade, the stems become black and dead, and they remain rattling with the breeze one against the other, until the violence of the pampero or hurricane, levels them with the ground, where they rapidly decompose and disappear, --the clover rushes up and the scene is again verdant." Centaurea cyanus yields a delicate blue for miniature painters. Bidem cernua and tripartita are used to colour butter and cheese and to adulterate saffron. The invaluable styptic 'Matico' is believed to be made from the leaves of the Eupatorium glutinosum. Its name, of 'little Matthew, ' was obtained from a soldier named Matthew who gathered the leaves accidentally to apply to his wounds after a battle and found the bleeding immediately staunched. The fleshfly will not touch animal substances that have been rubbed with the leaves of the tansy. This plant also illustrates the gre...Read Less
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