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A Compendium of General Botany

Nature volume 54, page 594 | Download Citation



IN this book Dr. Westermaier has attempted to present an account of plants based on the lines indicated some years ago by Schwendener. But so far as English students are concerned, we cannot help thinking that he has rather fallen between two stools. The beginner, on the one hand, will find the book somewhat too advanced for his use; whilst on the other, a student who has already acquired some knowledge of the science,. will discover that in the methods of dealing with some parts of his subject. Dr. Westermaier is rather one-sided. Thus, in discussing the factors operative in effecting the ascent of sap, a sketch is given of the views advocated by the author and by Schwendener, almost to the exclusion of those of other investigators; and we certainly cannot accept the conclusions as affording an “authoritative final explanation” of the process.

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