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Anagallis tenella. Bog Pimpernel.
Blossom wheel-shaped. Capsule cut round, of one cell
and many seeds. Leaves egg-shaped, rather acute. Stem creeping, striking
root at the joints. Withering.
There is perhaps no soil more abundant, in some of the curiously beautiful smaller kinds of plants, than bog, or moor-land. Possibly their beauties may be more striking, after traversing a steril track of country, such as must often be crossed in search of bog-plants. The botanist is rarely more delighted, than when, after such a ramble, he arrives at the head of a rivulet, or some little inland lake, where the herds of cattle gather together to refresh themselves with the cooling waters, and at every step they take, tread on ground carpetted by these “flowers of the forest.” In such situations the Anagallis tenella is often found in company with the sundew; its light leaves and delicate blossoms spreading along the ground, and mingling with moss and minute wild-flowers.
Amid the lone and heathy wild,
Of fairer form and brighter hue
Oh, it is thus, when grief's keen blast
These, lovelier than the fragile flowers
And thus it is, that heaven can bless
Hypericum perforatum. Common St. John's
Stems two-edged. Leaves blunt, with pellucid dots. Whole
plant quite free from hairs. Stems upright, nearly cylin. drical, the edges running from the base of the leaves to the bottom of the knot below, beset above with small, black dots. Leaves in cross pairs, oblong, rounded at the end, with seven and sometimes five semi-transparent lines, with several black dots near the edges on the under side: the semi-transparent dots numerous. Fruit-stalks from the bosom of the upper leaves. Calyx segments spear. shaped, ending in a point. Petals ribbed, set near the edges with dark purple glands; one of the sides very entire at the edge, the other serrated. Stamens thirty or more. Anthers with a globular black gland at the top, between the lobes. Germen egg-shaped. Styles threadshaped, yellow. Summits sometimes crimson.-Withering.
THE hypericum is one of those plants which in times past were held sacred by the Druids, and which, in a more recent period, have been considered by the ignorant as mystic flowers, peculiarly fitted for use at some particular seasons, and serving as a spell, or charm. At one time, it was the custom to practise many curious ceremonies on Midsummer-eve and the