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The Berries and Heaths of Rannoch

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THE berry-bearing plants here described and delineated are eight, viz. Vaccinium oxycoccos, V. Myrtillus, V. uligtnosum, V. vitis Idæa, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, A. alpina, Empetrum nigrum, and Rubus chamæmorus, all of which do not, strictly speaking, come within the geographical limitation of the title-page. The heaths are three only in number, viz. the common Erica cinerea and Tetralix, and Calluna vulgaris, to which are added two other nearly allied species not actually found within the district, Andromeda polifolia and Loiseleuria (Azalea) procumbeus. In the letterpress it is not to be expected that anything new could be added to what is already known about these plants; but in an appendix is given a list of the Gaelic names of the various species supplied by the editor of the Scottish Naturalist. The coloured plates are exceedingly good and characteristic; but surely it should have been stated that they are taken from Sowerby's “English Botany.” The volume is a pretty one to lie on the drawing-room table.

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