- 466 pages
- Illustrations of Indian Botany, or Figures Illustrative of Each of the Natural Orders of Indian Plants, Described in the Authors Prodromus Flor� Peninsul� Indi� Orientalis, Vol. 1
- Robert Wight
- 28 March 2019 Robert Wight
Excerpt From Illustrations Of Indian Botany, Or Figures Illustrative Of Each Of The Natural Orders Of Indian Plants, Described In The Author S Prodromus Flor Peninsul Indi Orientalis, Vol 1 With Observations On Their Botanical Relations, Economical Uses, And Medicinal Properties Including Descriptions Of Recently Discovered Or Imperfectly Known PlantsShould We On The Contrary Commence Our Examination With The Artificial Sexual System The First Step, That Of Determining The Class And Order Of A Plant Is The Easiest, But That Done, It Often Happens That Nothing Is Learned, For, Should The Specimen Under Examination Have A Stamen Or Style Or Less Than The Regular Number, And Nothing Is Common Among Tropical Plants, We Look In Vain In The Class Or Order Where According To Our Specimen It Should Be Found, And When Found, Still That System Conveys No Collateral Information Regarding The Relations Of The Plant Or Of The Nature Of The Properties With Which It May Be Endowed.In Drawing These Comparisons It Is Not My Wish Unduly To Exalt The One At The Expense Of The Other, For In Truth They Are So Very Different That It Is Impossible To Compare Them, They Both Have Their Advantages And Disadvantages, And In The Present State Of The Science Are Both Necessary, I Certainly Think However The Preponderance Of Good Is Greatly In Favour Of The Natural Method In Thus Giving The Preference To That System Which Enables The Student, Who Has Made Considerable Progress In Its Study, To Look Over A Large Collection Of Plants, Not One Of Which He Had Ever Seen Before, And Readily Refer Probably As Many As 19 Out Of Every 20 To Its Proper Natural Order, From Family Likeness Alone, I Am Far From As Yet Wishing To See The Other Altogether Exploded, Since By It We Are Often Enabled Quickly To Determine Abnormal Plants That We Could Not So Easily Have Done By The Other And In Such Cases, I Still Occasionally Find The Advantage Of Having Formerly Become Familiar With The Linntean System Though To This Extent I Approve Of It, I Could Not Recommend It For General Use, As Its Natural Tendency Is To Contract Our Ideas By Concentrating Our Attention Too Exclusively On One Set Of Organs And Confining Our Enquiries To The Investigation Of The Names Of Species Only, In Place Of, As Is The Case With The Other, Expanding Them With The Growth Of Our Knowledge By Extending Our Researches, From The Examination Of Species To The Investigation Of Masses In All Their Bearings.About The PublisherForgotten Books Publishes Hundreds Of Thousands Of Rare And Classic Books Find At Www.forgottenbooks.comThis Book Is A Reproduction Of An Important Historical Work Forgotten Books Uses State Of The Art Technology To Digitally Reconstruct The Work, Preserving The Original Format Whilst Repairing Imperfections Present In The Aged Copy In Rare Cases, An Imperfection In The Original, Such As A Blemish Or Missing Page, May Be Replicated In Our Edition We Do, However, Repair The Vast Majority Of Imperfections Successfully Any Imperfections That Remain Are Intentionally Left To Preserve The State Of Such Historical Works.