A guide to the wild flowers by Alice Lounsberry

By Alice Lounsberry

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I n fruit the ovary, w h i c h is one-celled, enlarges into a p o d ; a n d i n different species the number of seeds varies greatly. T h e leaves may be generally said to be simple. T h e generic name, P r i m u l a , is f r o m p r i m u s , s p r i n g . B r y a n t says of the primrose : " E m b l e m of early sweetness, early death, N e s t l e d the l o w l y p r i m r o s e . " T H E COMPOSITE FAMILY. CompdsitcB. T h e composite family, l i k e the m a j o r i t y of mortals, has its good and its b a d c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s ; but if we d r i n k deep enough of knowledge of the f a m i l y and put ourselves i n friendship with FIVE CONSPICUOUS PLANT FAMILIES.

Styles: s h o r t a n d b r o a d . Leaves : s u b m e r g e d ; finely dissected. Y E L L O W W A T E R C R O W F O O T . (Plate Ranunculus delphiiiifblius. ) T h e y e l l o w water crowfoot is v e r y s i m i l a r i n appearance to the white one, o n l y its b r i g h t petals are larger. I n fact, they closely resemble those of the field b u t t e r c u p . T h e submerged leaves are cleft into h a i r - l i k e segments ; those above the water are r e n i f o r m and parted into f r o m three to five d i v i s i o n s .

Stamens: n u m e r o u s . Pistil: one, h a v i n g a many-celled ovary, the r o u n d e d t o p of w h i c h p r o d u c e s r a d i a t e s t i g m a s a r o u n d a c e n t r a l p r o j e c t i o n . Leaves: f l o a t i n g ; o r b i c u l a r , o r r o u n d e d . Stems: hollow ; long and round. Rootstock : t h i c k ; fleshy. T h e white water-lily is the most b e a u t i f u l of the aquatics. O v e r the c a l m surface of the ponds it moves b y means of its long, free stems as g r a c e f u l l y as many an a n i m a l .

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