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Flowers and Their Pedigrees

Nature volume 30, pages 167168 | Download Citation



THIS book consists of eight short essays on the evolution and distribution of plants which originally appeared as articles in several of the London magazines, supplemented with an introductory chapter. Two of these essays treat of the reasons for the presence of certain plants in our insular flora, as illustrated by the Hairy Spurge (Euphorbia pilosa, L.) and the Mountain Tulip (Lloydia serotina, Rchb.). The remainder discuss the evolution of certain types of plants, the examples taken being the daisy, strawberries, cleavers, wheat, the family of Rosaceæ:, and the cuckoo-pint. The articles are written in the author's well-known pleasant style, and cannot fail to attract and interest many who have never previously turned their attention to the study of our common weeds.

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