Travels on the western slope of the Mexican cordillera, letters, by Cincinnatus

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Σελίδα 306 - The leaves are pinnate, composed of four pairs of oval, acuminate, entire leaflets, and destitute of a terminal one. The flowers are small, white, and are disposed in loose panicles. The fruit is a hard, woody, oval capsule, about as large as a turkey's egg. The wood is hard, compact, reddishbrown, and susceptible of a brilliant polish. It is one of the best and most ornamental woods known, forming very elegant articles of furniture.
Σελίδα 302 - On the parched side of a rock grows a tree with dry and leathery foliage, its large woody roots scarcely penetrating into the ground. For several months in the year its leaves are not moistened by a shower ; its branches look as if they were dead and withered ; but when the trunk is bored, a bland and nourishing milk flows from it. It is at sunrise that the vegetable fountain flows most freely. At that time the blacks and natives are seen coming from all parts, provided with large bowls to receive...
Σελίδα 420 - The tree has, moreover, the singular property of rendering the toughest animal substances tender, by causing a separation of the muscular fibre ; its very vapour even does this ; newly-killed meat suspended among the leaves, and even old hogs and old poultry, when fed on the leaves and fruit, become tender in a few hours.
Σελίδα 289 - Aside from the grandeur of their appearance, many of them hardly yield to any other vegetables iu useful properties. The species are numerous, but are not well understood; and many fruits exist in collections which cannot be referred to known genera. — They belong to the monocotyledonous division of plants, and have their parts arranged in threes, or one of the multiples of that number. The calyx has six divisions, more or less profound ; the stamens are six in number; and the fruit consists of...
Σελίδα 335 - They have the same swarthy and copper colour, flat and smooth hair, small beard, squat body, long eye, with the corner directed upwards towards the temples, prominent cheek-bones, thick lips, and an expression of gentleness in the mouth, strongly contrasted with a gloomy and severe look.
Σελίδα 417 - Palmijunci, are described as inhabitants of dense forests, where the rays of the sun can hardly penetrate, in which situations they form spiny bushes which obstruct all passage into those jungles, rising to the tops of the highest trees and falling again, so as to resemble a prodigious length of cable , adorned however with the most beautiful leaves, pinnated or terminating in graceful tendrils. Von Martius, the great illustrator of this noble family, speaks thus of their habits and geographical...
Σελίδα 294 - ... from it, as from that of most other palms. For this purpose, the pith is taken out, bruised in a mortar, and put into a cloth or strainer : it is then held over a trough, and, water being poured in, the pith is washed through the cloth into the trough below : the water being then drawn off, the sago is taken out and dried for use or transportation. It is highly esteemed as an article of food. The preparation of sago, under different forms, constitutes a...
Σελίδα 295 - ... trees is eaten, as well as the young and tender leaves. A considerable traffic is carried on in these leaves, which, under the name of palms, are sent to Italy, to be used in the grand religious ceremonies of Palm Sunday. In Persia, an ardent spirit is distilled from the fruit ; and, in many places, the stones are ground to make oil, and the paste that is left is given as food to cattle and sheep. DATHOLITE; a species in mineralogy found massive and crystallized in the form of oblique rhombic...
Σελίδα 302 - ... not uncommon, and are especially felt in the mining districts, where the vast numbers of mules employed in the process of amalgamation annually consume an enormous quantity of maize. . Numerous varieties of food are derived from this plant. The ear is eaten raw or boiled. The grain when beaten affords a nutritive bread called arepa, and the meal is employed in making soups or gruels, which are mixed with sugar, honey, and sometimes even pounded potatoes. Many kinds of drink are also prepared...
Σελίδα 294 - For this purpose, the leaves are cut oft', and a circular incision made a little below the summit of the tree, then a deep vertical fissure, and a vase is placed below to receive the juice, which is protected from evaporation. The date palm is a majestic tree, rising...

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