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Enquiry into Plants, Volume I: Books 1-5

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$29.00 • £22.95 • €23.95

ISBN 9780674990777

Publication Date: 01/01/1916


512 pages

4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches

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  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Enquiry into Plants
    • Book 1: Of the Parts of Plants and Their Composition; Of Classification
      • Introductory: How plants are to be classified; difficulty of defining what are the essential ‘parts’ of a plant, especially if plants are assumed to correspond to animals
      • The essential parts of plants, and the materials of which they are made
      • Definitions of the various classes into which plants may be divided
      • Exact classification impracticable: other possible bases of classification
      • Differences as to appearance and habitat
      • Characteristic differences in the parts of plants, whether general, special, or seen in qualities and properties
      • Differences as to qualities and properties
      • Further special differences
      • Differences in root
      • Of trees (principally) and their characteristic special differences: as to knots
      • As to habit
      • As to shedding of leaves
      • Differences in leaves
      • Composition of the various parts of a plant
      • Differences in seeds
      • Differences in taste
      • Differences in flowers
      • Differences in fruits
      • General differences (affecting the whole plant)
    • Book 2: Of Propagation, Especially of Trees
      • Of the ways in which trees and plants originate. Instances of degeneration from seed
      • Effects of situation, climate, tendance
      • Of spontaneous changes in the character of trees, and of certain marvels
      • Of spontaneous and other changes in other plants
      • Of methods of propagation, with notes on cultivation
      • Of the propagation of the date-palm; of palms in general
      • Further notes on the propagation of trees
      • Of the cultivation of trees
      • Of remedies for the shedding of the fruit: caprification
    • Book 3: Of Wild Tubes
      • Of the ways in which wild trees originate
      • Of the differences between wild and cultivated trees
      • Of mountain trees: of the differences found in wild trees
      • Of the times of budding and fruiting of wild, as compared with cultivated, trees
      • Of the seasons of budding
      • Of the comparative rate of growth in trees, and of the length of their roots
      • Of the effects of cutting down the whole or part of a tree
      • Of other things borne by trees besides their leaves flowers and fruit
      • Of ‘male’ and ‘female’ in trees: the oak as an example of this and other differences
      • Of the differences in firs
      • Of beech, yew, hop-hornbeam, lime
      • Of maple and ash
      • Of cornelian cherry, cornel, ‘cedars,’ medlar, thorns, sorb
      • Of bird-cherry, elder, willow
      • Of elm, poplars, alder, [semyda, bladder-senna]
      • Of filbert, terebinth, box, krataigos
      • Of certain other oaks, arbutus, andrachne, wig-tree
      • Of cork-oak, kolatea, koloitia, and of certain other trees peculiar to particular localities
      • Of the differences in various shrubs—buckthorn, withy, Christ’s thorn, bramble, sumach, ivy, smilax, [spindle-tree]
    • Book 4: Of the Trees and Plants Special to Particular Districts and Positions
      • Of the importance of position and climate
      • Of the trees special to Egypt, and of the carob
      • Of the trees and shrubs special to Libya
      • Of the trees and herbs special to Asia
      • Of the plants special to northern regions
      • Of the aquatic plants of the Mediterranean
      • Of the aquatic plants of the ‘outer sea’ (i.e. Atlantic, Persian Gulf, etc.)
      • Of the plants of rivers, marshes, and lakes, especially in Egypt
      • Of the plants peculiar to the lake of Orchomenos (Lake Copaïs), especially its reeds, and of reeds in general
      • Of rushes
      • Of the length or shortness of the life of plants, and the causes
      • Of diseases and injuries done by weather conditions
      • Of the effects on trees of removing bark, head, heartwood, roots, etc.; of various causes of death
    • Book 5: Of the Timber of Various Trees and Its Uses
      • Of the seasons of cutting
      • Of the wood of silver-fir and fir
      • Of the effects on timber of climate
      • Of knots and ‘coiling’ in timber
      • Of differences in the texture of different woods
      • Of differences in timber as to hardness and heaviness
      • Of differences in the keeping quality of timber
      • Which kinds of wood are easy and which hard to work
      • Of the core and its effects
      • Which woods can best support weight
      • Of the woods best suited for the carpenter’s various purposes
      • Of the woods used in ship-building
      • Of the woods used in house-building
      • Of the uses of the wood of particular trees
      • Of the localities in which the best timber grows
      • Of the uses of various woods in making fire: charcoal, fuel, fire-sticks

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