Botanische Jahrbücher

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    THE series of papers produced under the direction of Dr. Engler, as the “Beiträge zur Flora von Afrika,” continues to engage the attention of workers at the botanic museum in Berlin. The papers that give merely descriptions of new species are chiefly serviceable to monographers, but the results become more interesting when they are collated for a genus or an order, as in the revision of the Ochnacele by Dr. Gilg. In a short article that will be found in Beiblatt, No. 79, Dr. Engler summarises the general progress of the study of African botany in Berlin, and indicates where further collections and explorations are required. He refers to Dr. Fülleborn's collections of the lower algæ and Bacillariales taken from Lake Nyassa. They have been examined by Dr. Schmidle and Dr. Otto Müller, and their descriptions arid deductions are published in these volumes. Other systematic compilations include a contribution to the flora of Madeira and the Canary Islands by Mr. J. Bornmüller, some notes by Drs. Gilg and Loesener on the flora of Kiao-chau, the Chinese territory that was occupied by Germany in 1898, and the “Fragmenta Phytographke Australis occidentalis,” written by Drs. Diels and Pritzel. Among the cryptogamic contributions, Mr. G. Hieronymus publishes an account of the pteridophytes collected in Ecuador and Colombia by Mr. H. C. Lehmann, German Consul, and Mr. E. Lemmermann deals with the algal vegetation in the Sandwich Islands. Among the ecological papers, Mr. J. Holmboe sketches the botany of the Norwegian moors. Mention should also be made of the notices in the Beiblätter of addresses delivered before the Society of Systematic Botanists, of which not the least interesting is that by Prof. K. Fritsch discussing the systematic position of the monocotyledons.

    Botanische Jahrbücher.

    Edited by Dr. A. Engler. Vols. xxxiii., xxxiv., and xxxv. Parts i.–iii., with index vols. i. to xxx. (Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 1902–5.)

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