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Eryngium maritimum. Sea Eryngo.
Flowers forming a head: general involucrum many-leaved. Receptacle chaffy. Seeds rough, with flexible scales. Rootleaves roundish, plaited, thorny. Flowering-heads on fruitstalks. Chaff three-pointed. Leaves mealy on the surface, with a whitish wood-like border; angles ending in sharp, whitish thorns. Blossom whitish-blue.—Withering.
THE SEA ERYNGO.
REV. W. H. DBUMMOND*.
- The Eryngo here
Sits as a queen amongst the scanty tribes
Of vegetable race. Around her neck
A gorgeous ruff of leaves, with snowy points,
Averts all rough intrusion. On her brow
She binds a crown of amethystine hue,
Bristling with spicula, thick interwove
With clustering florets, whose light anthers dance
In the fresh breeze, like tiny topaz gems.
Here the sweet rose would die. But she imbibes
From arid sands, and salt sea dew-drops, strength;
The native of the beach, by nature form'd
To dwell among the ruder elements.
Dr. Brummond's " First Steps to Botany.'
Primula officinalis. Cowslip.
Leaves wrinkled and toothed. Stalk many-flowered; all the flowers drooping; border of the blossom concave. Leafstalk often longer that the leaves, which is not the case in the primrose or oxlip. Blossom sweet-scented, full yellow, with an orange blotch at the base of each segment; contracted about the middle of the tube, where the stamens are inserted.—Withering.
"The Cowlips tall her pensioners be,
Unfolding to the breeze of May,
In princely halls and courts of kings
But gems of every form and hue
Man to his brother shuts his heart,
Oh, art is but a scanty rill