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FLORA OF LEICESTERSHIRE;

COMPRISING

The Flowering Plants, and the Ferns Endigenous to the County,

ARRANGED ON THE NATURAL SYSTEM;

BY

MARY KIRBY.

WITH NOTES BY HER SISTER.

"You may run from major to minor, and through a thousand changes, so
long as you fall into the subject at last, and bring back the ear to the right key
at the close."

LONDON:

HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO. PATERNOSTER ROW.

LEICESTER: J. S. CROSSLEY.

MDCCCL.

J. S. CROSSLEY,

PRINTER,

LEICESTER.

ΤΟ

MY DEAR SISTER,

WHO HAS SO EFFECTUALLY AIDED

IN

RENDERING IT ATTRACTIVE,

THIS LITTLE WORK IS MOST AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED.

M. K.

"Ceux qui proscrivent l'usage des méthodes artificielles n'en ont point saisi le véritable esprit; ceux qui ne s'atttachent qu'à ces classifications arbitraires, et qui négligent l'etude des rapports naturels, ignorent la beauté et la dignité de la science."

MIRBEL.

PREFACE.

It is remarkable that the Plants of Leicestershire are unnoticed by Ray, in the Catalogues communicated by him to Bishop Gibson, and subjoined to the enlarged edition of Camden's Britannia. The only reference to our county in the second edition of his Synopsis, is the mention of Alectoria jubata, discovered by Petiver, on "the highest rocks, Charley Forest."

Dr. Pulteney gave the first scientific account of the plants of this county in vol. xlix. of the Philosophical Transactions, and revised his list for Nichols' History of Leicestershire, (1795); in which work the researches of the Rev. George Crabbe, (better known as a poet than a botanist,) in the Vale of Belvoir were also inserted. Antiquated as these catalogues may appear, the experience of each succeeding summer has tended to confirm their accuracy. Aquilegia vulgaris, and the two or three plants that may probably be extinct, are the exceptions, and not the

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