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Root short, white within. Stem solid, one tenth to half an
inch high; thick as a crow or goose-quill. Pileus thin, cupped, rather elastic, but brittle; deep carmine colour within, buffy underneath, with mealy granulations.Withering.
This is the P. epidendrá of Bull and Sowerby. It is one of the most beautiful of the Fungus tribe, and is found, late in the autumn and very early in the spring, on decayed sticks, in woods and damp hedges, putting forth its crimson cups to receive the pelting of many a pitiless storm, while
“ As yet the trembling year is unconfirmed.”
E'er lingering winter wings his flight
Breathe softly now, ye gentle airs ! Nature her genial feast prepares, And not within the wine-cup glows So rich a boon as she bestows. Come ye, to whom her haunts are known, And claim her treasures as your own; Come, and beneath the morning beam, See how a thousand goblets gleam With draughts of liquid opal fillid From some ethereal urn distillid, While every gift the opening day Unveils before you, seems to say: Come ye, and in the woods and fields Drink the pure nectar nature yields. The feast she spreads is simple, chaste, It palls not on the wearied taste; Sweet as Arabia's spicy breeze, Like fragrant gums of eastern trees, That long retain their rich perfume, And spread their odours round the tomb,
The joy that nature freely gives,
Andromeda polifolia Marsh Cistus.
Calyx with five divisions. Blossom more or less egg-shaped.
Mouth five-cleft. Capsules five-celled. Seeds few.
Umbel of few flowers, terminating. Blossom nodding.
Leaves alternate, strap spear-shaped, edges rolled back.Withering
LINNÆUS NAMING THE ANDROMEDA.
THE Swedish sage admires, in yonder bowers,