From Far Formosa; The Island, Its People And Missions, Ed. By J.a. Macdonald

Paperback | January 7, 2012

byGeorge Leslie Mackay

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII TREES, PLANTS, AND FLOWERS THE richness of the soil and the humidity of the climate conspire to produce a luxuriant vegetation in Formosa. Trees, plants, and flowers literally cover the ground. Apart from a few exposed rocks, the crevices, ravines, and boulders are overgrown with ferns, plants, grasses, and creepers of all kinds and sizes. The trees are not tall, but large, having enormous branches. The mountain-sides are clothed from top to bottom with tangled undergrowth and trees of every possible shade of yellow and green. Reference will be made in this chapter to the many varieties found in this botanical garden of nature. For the sake of brevity the names only of many common or unimportant plants and flowers are mentioned. I. Forest-trees 1. Shaulam {Thuya Fomwsana) is found in the mountains, in rocky places, and upon the bare rock. It is an excellent lumber-tree, has a beautiful grain, and when varnished with certain Chinese preparations it takes on a fine finish that reflects objects like a mirror, and is the best in Formosa for cabinet-work. It is nothing unusual to see boards and planks of it from two to eight feet in breadth. 2. Oak (Quercus ilex), a pretty evergreen, of which there are several varieties. It is hard red wood, which is used in the manufacture of hoe, ax, and adz handles. 3. Tallow-tree (Stillingia azebifera). The berry of this tree, after the covering falls off, is about the size of a pea, whitish in color, and hangs in clusters from the branches. The tallow is extracted from the berry by pressure, and is made into candles, which, when painted red, are used for idol-worship, especially in Buddhistic temples. The leaves of the tree resemble those of the Canadian poplar, but in autumn they assume the red and yellow t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII TREES, PLANTS, AND FLOWERS THE richness of the soil and the humidity of the climate conspire to produce a luxuri...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217216560

ISBN - 13:9780217216562

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