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The seaside naturalist; Out-door studies in marine zoology and botany, and maritime geology
by:Robert William Fraser
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1868 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. MABITIME PLANTS. Seaside Flowers.--Interest attached to them.--Vegetation of Seaside less luxuriant than in Inland Places.--Seaside...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1868 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. MABITIME PLANTS. Seaside Flowers.--Interest attached to them.--Vegetation of Seaside less luxuriant than in Inland Places.--Seaside Grasses.--Seaside flowering Plants.--Examples of various Species. Many a charm, besides its geological features, its rocks festooned with algae, its beach of smooth sand or of intermingled shells and pebbles, does the seaside present to its contemplative visitor. It exhibits to him a class of objects very pleasant at once to the mind that thinks of them and the eye that perceives them, in the flowers and plants peculiar to the sea-shore or its vicinity. To such plants and flowers the title of maritime is given. They delight to dwell, as a general rule, out of the reach of the waves, but still almost always near enough to the sea to be sprinkled with its spray during a storm; and had they but organs of hearing, they must always hear the voice of the waves either murmuring on the beach in the soft west winds, or thundering on the shore in a tempest. And truly most agreeable to the mind and the eye are those maritime plants, for they possess much of the beauty derived from form, from colour, or from adaptation of character and quality to the place of their abode, and they suggest moreover to those who are able to perceive typical resemblances, not a few emblematic lessons regarding virtues of great store in the business of human life. Some of them dwell in solitary spots rarely seen or visited, wasting whatever sweetness they possess, not indeed upon the desert air, but upon the wild sea breezes and so afford emblems of modest and retiring virtue which courts no approval from without, and is amply contented with its own rewards. Others there are that select their abode in places so arid as hardly to afford them any kin...
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