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Page 131 - Davy found to contain one-third of its weight of sugar, hence called the " sugar-cane of Great Britain." It is too hard and coarse to be eaten by animals, unless cut up. "The purpose for which this plant is generally employed, and for which its creeping, matted roots fit it in an eminent degree, is for binding loose sands when sown with the sea-reed (Arundo arenaria), to prevent the encroachment of the sea.
Page 362 - Strobus ; they are rigid, of a bright-green colour, but not glossy, and from minute denticulations of the margin are scabrous to the touch. The cones are pendulous from the extremities of the branches; they are two years in acquiring their full growth, are at first upright, and do not begin to droop I believe till the second year : when young they have a very taper figure ; when ripe they are about eleven inches in circumference at the thickest part, and vary from twelve to sixteen inches in length.
Page 107 - After the field is harrowed, it is sown at the rate of sixteen to eighteen pounds to the acre, and the seed rolled in. In the following autumn, the turf is covered like an old meadow, and the crop of the next year is more than double.
Page 106 - Grass, when grown under similar circumstances. Another of its distinguishing characters is, that it is preferred by cattle to any of the common sorts, a fact which has been proved by numerous experiments in various...
Page 107 - If it be sown with clover or lucerne, its growth is so rapid that it will quickly choke them. It is eaten greedily by cattle, whether green or dry, and yields fifty per cent, of hay.
Page 362 - Its entire length was 215 feet; its circumference three feet from the ground was 57 feet 9 inches ; and at 134 feet from the ground, 17 feet 5 inches. The trunk is unusually straight, and destitute of branches about two-thirds of the height ; the bark is uncommonly smooth for such large timber, of a light-brown colour on the south, and bleached on the north side.
Page 376 - The silvery hue of the bark, the beautiful contrast of the leaves, with the rich purple of the cone, glittering with globules of transparent resin, produce, in combination, one of the most striking objects which can well be imagined, and entitle the tree to precedence for ornamental purposes.
Page 107 - Ib. per acre, and the seed rolled in. In the following autumn the turf is covered like an old meadow, and the crop of the following year is more than double. It may be also sown in spring.
Page 393 - The largest stocks are 120 feet in height, and from 25 to 40 feet in circumference above the conical base, which at the surface of the earth is always three or four times as large as the continued diameter of. the trunk; in felling them, the negroes are obliged to raise themselves upon scaffolds five or six feet from the ground. The roots of the largest stocks, particularly of such as are * Cupressus disticha.