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Wild Flowers | by Macgregor Skene



That curious characteristic of the human mind which will scarcely let us rest content in the beauty of an object, but forces us to seek out the something concrete with which the beauty is associated, cannot be better exemplified than by the universal desire to put a label on the object of our admiration, be it picture, or mountain, or tree. For most of us the interest of wild flowers lies chiefly in their aesthetic appeal; and yet, though it does not affect the loveliness of the plant, there are few who do not feel their interest quickened by the knowledge of what the flower is called...

TitleWild Flowers
AuthorMacgregor Skene
PublisherT. C. & E. C. Jack
Year1919
Copyright1919, Macgregor Skene
AmazonWild Flowers

By Macgregor Skene, B.Sc., Lecturer On Vegetable Physiology, Aberdeen University

Wild Flowers 1
-Introduction
That curious characteristic of the human mind which will scarcely let us rest content in the beauty of an object, but forces us to seek out the something concrete with which the beauty is associated, ...
-General Structure Of The Plant
Flowering plants are composed of four distinct sets of organs, to each of which is assigned a particular role in the life of the whole. (1) The Root serves to fix the plant firmly in the soil, and to ...
-Identification Of A Wild Flower
Plants are grouped in families, in such a way as to bring together those which show a natural relationship to each other. As the characters on which this natural grouping rests are frequently obscure,...
-White Flowers
I. Flowers grouped in Composite Heads . 1-5 II. Flowers grouped in Umbels . . 6-15 III. Flowers grouped otherwise, or occurring singly 16-50 ...
-White Flowers. Part 2
12. Wild Chervil, Anthriscus sylvestris, Hemlock family. One of our commonest hedgerow plants: it is coarse, with a rough, furrowed stem about 3 ft. high, and large, doubly feather-compound leaves, th...
-White Flowers. Part 3
22. Shepherd's Purse, Capsella Bursa-pastoris, Cress family. Perhaps the commonest of our weeds, found in fields, gardens, roadsides, and woods, flowering almost all the year round: from the rosette o...
-White Flowers. Part 4
35. Jack-by-the-Hedge, Sauce-alone, Sisymbrium A Maria, Cress family. A tall plant (1 to 3 ft.) of hedges and damp woods: the stem is slender, with large, thin, light-green leaves, the upper heart-sha...
-Yellow Flowers
I. Flowers grouped in Composite Heads .. 51-65 II. Flowers grouped otherwise or occurring singly . 66-99 A. Leaves compound, deeply cut, or lobed . ...
-Yellow Flowers. Part 2
62. Hawkbit, Leontodon autumnalis, Daisy family. Closely resembles the Cat's-ear, but may be distinguished from it by the pappus, which rests on the fruit, and by the fact that the leaves are narrower...
-Yellow Flowers. Part 3
73. Hop Trefoil, Trifolium procum-hens, Pea family. The flowers are crowded into little stalked heads of about 40: the leaves have 3 leaflets: the stem is trailing: 2 of the calyx teeth are much short...
-Yellow Flowers. Part 4
83. Yellow Toad-flax, Linaria vulgaris. Foxglove family. The stem is 1 to 2 ft. high, clad with dark, smooth, narrow leaves, and ending in a handsome spike of flowers: the flowers are large and yellow...
-Rose Flowers
A. Leaves compound, deeply cut, or lobed . . 100-104 B. Leaves quite simple, at most toothed . 105-116 100. Fumitory, Fumaria officinalis, Fumitory family. ...
-Red Flowers
117. Poppy, Corn-Rose, Papaver Rhoeas, Poppy family. Stem 1 to 2 ft. high, rough with hairs: the leaves are oval and deeply feather-divided into notched segments: the flowers are large, with 4 scarlet...
-Pale Purple Flowers
A. Leaves compound, deeply cut, or lobed 122- -126 B. Leaves quite simple, at most toothed . 127- -138 ...
-Purple Flowers
A. Leaves compound, deeply cut, or lobed. 139-150 B. Leaves quite simple, at most toothed 151-163 139. Heartsease, Pansy, Viola tricolor, Violet f...
-Purple Flowers. Continued
150. Bittersweet, Solarium Dulcamara, Bittersweet family. The slender stem rambles amongst bushes in hedges and woods: the leaves are almost compound, with 3 ovate lobes: the flowers occur in drooping...
-Blue Flowers
164. Milkwort, Polygala vulgaris. Milkwort family. A little plant of pastures and heaths, remarkable for the colour variations of its flowers: the most common colour is deep blue, but pink, white, and...
-Brown Flowers
178. Hare's-foot Trefoil, Trifolium arvense, Vetch family. On dunes and other sandy ground the Hare's-foot Trefoil is frequently met with: the stem is branched, often creeping, and may reach a length ...
-Green Flowers
185. Lady's Mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris, Rose family. A common plant of moist pastures, flowering in summer: it is readily recognised by its leaves, which are almost round and palm-lobed, with about ...
-Flowers Rarely Found Or Very Inconspicuous
196. Mare's-Tail, Hippuris vulgaris, Mare's-tail family. A not uncommon plant of quiet water: the stem is partly (or in running water completely) submerged: it is simple or slightly branched, with ...
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