Six Years in Seychelles; With Photographs from Original Drawings

 
9781235798177: Six Years in Seychelles; With Photographs from Original Drawings
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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.1885 Excerpt: ... "The big roots of the Colocasia macrorhiza (Colocase with the long root) are used when boiled to feed pigs. When eaten raw all the parts of the plant are excessively deleterious. "The plants used by the Creoles for medicinal purposes, and which are said to be successful in their operations, are numerous. "Among the indigenous plants which might be called curious is the Pitcher Plant, a sort of Vaquois, several species of Loranthus, and a bright mushroom, which, with the fireflies, shine brilliantly at night in the forests. "The Pitcher Plant is found in great abundance at the summit of the mountains of the Valley of Silhouette, and in three or four parts of Mahe, particularly on the mountains between Foret Noire and the valley of the River St. Louis. "The sort of Vaquois of which I have been speaking is very common in Seychelles. It is a very singular tree, and attains the height of 25 to 30 feet. It is thick, tufty, and a sort of pyramidal aspect from top to bottom; it throws numerous roots which bury themselves in the ground 20 or 30 feet from the tree. "There are three or four sorts of Loranthus indigenous to Seychelles. These creep over nearly every sort of tree. That which grows on the Capucin is without leaves, and another sort, the Loranthus Indien (Loranthus indicus), I believe, has most beautiful flowers. "Ferns might also be ranged in this category. "There are about seventy sorts indigenous to these islands. The individual ones of the same species are very numerous. The Tree Fern (Cyathea Seychellarum), and l'Angiopteris avecta are magnificent and very numerous in the mountains. Some sorts are very fine, particularly the Nephrodium Wardii, the Pelloea Barklyae, the Lindsaya Kirkii, and a species of Lastroea. The Lindsaya cultrata I have found only...

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