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Hand-Book Of The Indian Flora Vol-Ii

by Lieut.colonel Heber Drury

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Text extracted from opening pages of book: To HIS HIGHNESS EAMAII VUEMAH MAIIAEAJAH OF TRAVANCORE A PRINCE WHO WITH A MIND ENLIGHTENED BY EDUCATION AND GUIDED BY TASTE AND FEELING HAS ALWAYS EVINCED A DESIRE FOR THE DIFFUSION OF KNOWLEDGE BOTH IN AND BEYOND THE LIMITS OF HIS OWN jBEilJTIFUL COUNTRY W* W WITH PERMISSION BY HIS HIGHNESS' FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT SERVANT THE AUTHOR, PREFACE. THE increasing interest taken in Botanical pursuits in this country will, it is hoped, be a sufficient guarantee for the favourable reception of the present \\ ork. It is intended to offer to the student a manual of the Flora of the Continent of India south of the Himalayas, including the countries of Silhet, Assam and Chittagong to the eastward. A work of * o comprehensive a character is at preterit a gieat desideratum, though we possess several local Floras of much value; and however premature it might be considered, even now, to announce a complete descrip tive catalogue of plants growing over so extensive an area as thab contemplated, yet certainly theie exi^ t ample materials, which when carefully sifted and brought together, will make up a very considerable collection. The descriptions are limited to those Plants which are purely Indigenous to the country, all those which have been introduced and naturalized, being purposely omitted. In all cases the synonyms have been included, though it has not been deemed necessary to give more than one or two references of identi fication, and the selection whenever practicable, both in this as in the case of the engravings, has been from the works of writers on Indian Botany. As the work is intended to be practically useful to all classes and localities, an index of vernacular synonyms in five different languages is added, since the identification of a plant by the method of first ascertaining its native name, if not invariably successful in practice, will in most cases be so, and thus afford the greatest assistance to beginners. Every one must be aware how great are the disadvantages of a remote station in India where no libraries are available for II reference, and where rarely one can enjoy any personal commu nication with those whose pursuits are congenial to his own. Under these circumstances the Author would here claim indul gence for the faults and omissions which must necessarily be discovered in a work of this character. H. B, Trevandrum, 18G4, PKINCIPAL ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THIS VOLUME. Andr. lot. rep. The Botanist's lit pository, by Henry Andrews. Benth. Bcntham's elaboration of Dr. Wallicb's Melastomaceee and other orders. Blume. The author of the Flora Java and Bijdragen. tot. ded. Flo ra. van Nederlandbche Indie. Bot. May. Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Bot. reg. Ker's Botanical register. Br. or R. Br. Robert Brown, the famous English Botanist. Burm. Jnd. Burmann's Flora Indica. Burm. Zeyl Burmann's Thesaurus Zeylanicus. Cav. diss. Monadelphiae classis dissertationes decem. by A. J. t'. ivamlles. Cham. # Sclileclii A. v. Chnmisso and Dietr. v. Srhlechreiidal \\ ho published conjointly some Botanical papers in a Journal called the LinnoM. Cliois J. D. Choisy who elaborated several orders in De Candolle's Prodromus. Colebr. H. T. Colebrooke, who published several Memoir* in the Linnsean Society's Transactions and in the Asiatic Researches. Coult Thomas Coulter, who elaborated the Dips. icea 4 for De Can dolle's Prodromiib. Dalz. Bomb, for. The Bombay Flora, by N. A. Dalzell, and A. Gibson. Dec. Prof. Aug. Pyr. De Candolle, author of the Prodromus Sytttcmatis Naturahs Hegm VegetabiUs and other works. Desr, Desrousseaux, a writer in Lamarck's Encyclopodie. Desv. N. A. Desvaux, author of the Journal do Botamque, & c. Don. prod. for. Nep. D. Don, author of the Prodromus Flora? Nepaulonsis. Dons IV ill G. Don, antbor of an edition of Miller's Dictionary. Dun. M. F. Duual, author of a Monograph of the Family of Anonas and other Memoirs. Gtertn. ft. Jos. Gaortner, who wrote a work De Fiuctibus et



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