(Plate XXX.)

Family

Buckbean.

Colour

While, or reddish.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Mostly north.

Time of Bloom

May. June.

Flowers: growing along a scape of about one foot high. Calyx: small; five-parted. Corolla: gamopetalous; five-cleft; the upper surface covered with a white beard. Stamens: five. Pistil: one. Stigma: two-lobed. Leaves: three oblong leaflets borne on a long petiole. Rootslock: creeping.

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Hidden away in some secluded corner of a swamp we may chance upon the lovely white buckbean. Its racemes of starlike faces, covered with the soft fringe, have a sweet expression that is most attractive.