The Natural History of Plants

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    PURSUING the somewhat erratic arrangement to which we alluded in our notice of the first volume of this work (see NATURE, vol. iv. p. 199), Prof. Baillon proceeds to an account of the small order of Connaraceæ, the three sections of the large order Leguminosæ, viz., Mimoseæ, Cæsalpinieæ, and Papilionaceæ, and then goes off at a tangent to four orders of Incompletæ, viz., Proteaceæ, Lauraceæ, Elæagnaceæ, and Myristacaceæ. The same plan is pursued as in the first volume, of giving first of all a general sketch of the characters of the order, and then dividing it into a number of “series,” each containing one or more genera. An immense mass of information is thus collected, though wanting in convenient arrangement. The references to original authorities are, however, commendably copious. The illustrations, as before, are excellent, the translation apparently well and carefully done.

    The Natural History of Plants.

    By H. Baillon M. M. Hartog. Vol II. (London: L. Reeve and Co., 1872.)

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    The Natural History of Plants . Nature 7, 320 (1873) doi:10.1038/007320a0

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