The North American Sylva, Or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia, Not Described in the Work of F. Andrew Michaux: And Containing All the Forest Trees Discovered in the Rocky Mountains, the Territory of Oregon, Down to the Shores of the Pacific, and Into the Confines of California, as Well as in Various Parts of the United States, Τόμος 3

Robert P. Smith, 1852 - 407 σελίδες

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Σελίδα 100 - But the great beauty of Californian vegetation is a species of Taxodium, which gives the mountains a most peculiar, I was almost going to say awful, appearance — something which plainly tells that we are not in Europe.
Σελίδα 50 - And now appeared in sight a tree that claimed my whole attention: it was the Carica papaya, both male and female, which were in flower; and the latter both in flower and fruit, some of which were ripe, as large, and of the form of a pear, and of a most charming appearance. This admirable tree is certainly the most beautiful of any vegetable production...
Σελίδα 55 - These trees were about twelve feet high, spreading horizontally; their limbs meeting and interlocking with each other, formed one vast, shady, cool grove, so dense and humid as to exclude the sun-beams, and prevent the intrusion of almost every other vegetable, affording us a most desirable shelter from the fervid sun-beams at noon-day. This admirable grove by way of eminence has acquired the name of the Dog woods. During a progress of...
Σελίδα 119 - Prussian timber, is of very superior quality to that imported from America ; the bulk of that is very inferior in quality, much softer in its nature, not so durable and very liable to dry rot; indeed, it is not allowed by any professional man under Government to be used, nor is it ever used in the best buildings in London. It is only speculators that are induced to use it, from the price of it being much lower than the Baltic timber...
Σελίδα 145 - ... at their feet, without showing any symptoms of decay. In most cases, the proprietors of the vineyards are perfectly ignorant of the epoch when these props were first placed there : they received them in their present state from their fathers, and in the same state they will transmit them to their sons. Props made of the silver fir, and used in the same soil for the same purpose, would not last more than ten years.
Σελίδα 50 - ... or the branches of a sconce candlestick. The ripe and green fruit are placed round about the stem or trunk, from the lowermost leaves, where the ripe fruit are, and upwards almost to the top; the heart or inmost pithy part of the trunk is in a manner hollow, or at best...
Σελίδα 100 - I have repeatedly measured specimens of this tree 270 feet long and 32 feet round, at 3 feet above the ground. Some few I saw upwards of 300 feet high, but none in which the thickness was greater than those I have instanced.
Σελίδα 78 - I for the first time in my life beheld this tree decidedly native, forming small haggard crooked trees leaning fantastically over the rocky banks of the river. Around Philadelphia, and other parts of the middle and warmer states, it appears to be perfectly naturalized and very common, particularly in rocky and gravelly soils.
Σελίδα 124 - This tree occupies dry sandy soils, to the exclusion of all others. It is a handsome tree, with long spreading flexible branches, generally furnished with whorled curved cones of many years' growth. It attains the height of forty feet and upwards in favourable situations, but the diameter of its trunk is greater in proportion to its height than in any other pines of the country.

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