Rambles in Search of Flowerless Plants by Margaret PluesRambles in Search of Flowerless Plants by Margaret Plues

Rambles in Search of Flowerless Plants

byMargaret Plues

Paperback | February 5, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. MOSSES. "The night is mother to the day, The winter to the spring, And ever upon old decay The greenest mosses cling. Behind the cloud the starlight lurks, Through showers the sunheams fall: For God, who lovcth all His works, Hath left his hope with all." HE next order of Flowerless plants to the Ferns, is the Mosses, a very large group, freely diffused in all countries of the world. There is no distinct flower in the moss, though the organs of fructification are of two kinds; that in which the seeds are formed is the most conspicuous, and is called an urn. This urn is covered with a veil during its immature period; the veil falls off before the seed is ripe, and the urn remains closed by a lid. When this lid comes off, the seeds are ripe, and are found arranged round a central column within the urn. The rim of the urn is bordered by sets of teeth; one set appears to belong to the outside, and one to the inside. The urn generally grows from a fleshy tubercle (apophysis), the station of which is generally at the base of the flower-stem. The secondary kind of fructification is only present in some mosses; it is formed of membranous cylindrical bodies clustered in the axils of the leaves; they open irregularly at the point, and discharge a sticky fluid. Mosses are among the first plants that spring up on the surface of inorganic matter; at first they appear like a, green stain, merely consisting of granulating seeds, but soon clothing themselves with leaves, and then by their decay producing the first deposit of vegetable matter with which the soil is fertilized. The large group of Mosses, including several hundred species, are divided into two great sections: first the summit fruited, where the fruit stem rises from the end of the branch; sec...
Title:Rambles in Search of Flowerless PlantsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217746616

ISBN - 13:9780217746618

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