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The Botanic Garden. Part II.

Containing The Loves of the Plants. A Poem.

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Author: Erasmus Darwin
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,951 / 173 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.1
LoC Categories: QK, SB
Downloads: 1,348
Added to site: 2004.06.30 7947
Genre: Science

With Philosophical Notes.

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n walking on them. The male sometimes lives in a separate flower.]

[Collinsonia. l. 51. Two males one female. I have lately observed a very singular circumstance in this flower; the two males stand widely diverging from each other, and the female bends herself into contact first with one of them, and after some time leaves this, and applies herself to the other. It is probable one of the anthers may be mature before the other? See note on Gloriosa, and Genista. The
females in Nigella, devil in the bush, are very tall compared to the males; and bending over in a circle to them, give the flower some resemblance to a regal crown. The female of the epilobium angustisolium, rose bay willow herb, bends down amongst the males for several days, and becomes upright again when impregnated.]

[Genista. l. 57. Dyer's broom. Ten males and one female inhabit this flower. The males are generally united at the bottom in two sets, whence Linneus has named the class "two brotherhoods." In the Ge



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