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ISLAND OF ANTIGUA.
BY A LADY.
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
Impressed with a sense of your goodness,
I have ventured to offer to your inspection, and that of a few
friends, this small Collection of Tropical Plants. It is not
from Motives of Vanity that I prefix your Ladyship's Name,
but from the highest opinion of your Judgment and Taste;
and, if I am so happy to meet your Approbation, I shall then
think I have some merit.
I have the honor to remain,
your Ladyship's obedient,
THE BOMBAX GOSSIPIUM;
SILK COTTON TREE.
It bears a Flower without Smell, with long Filaments of great Fineness.
The smaller Flower drawn with the above.
A strong vegetable Poison and Medicine.
THE POINCIANA PULCHERRIMA;
FLOWER F ENCE.
A Shrub extremely beautifk4.
Well known for its useful and Medicinal Qualities.
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This beautiful Indian Shrub grows luxuriantly, and bears large Clusters
of Fruit containing Seeds of an oily Nature.
RICINUS PALMA CHRISTI;
C A S T O R.
The Fruit of this Shrub, which is small, grows in large Clusters,
enveloped with green Husks, armed with Prickles; the Seed resemble
Beans; and when pressed, yield an Oil called Castor Oil, a valuable
Production of the West Indies.
This Tree bears no resemblance to the English Lilac, and is
supposed to be of the Hemlock Tribe, from its strong poisonous
Quality. The Flowers have a pleasant Scent, not unlike the English
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The Bark, which distils a very fine Gum, produces also a very useful
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The Leaf of this luxuriant Shrub, has a strong aromatic Taste, and the
Flowers extremely fragrant.
A Species of sensitive Plant, the yellow Blossom which it bears,
exhales a fine Smell. Its Seeds are contained in a Pod or Ligamen, and
when half ripe, is a strong Cement. The main Stem being wounded, pro-
duces a transparent Gum.
Drawn with the above.
A low Shrub which varies much both in shape and colour, intermixt with
the white Flowers and green Leaves it makes a pleasing Variety.
This singular Tree is slender and spungy, and bears very beautiful Clusters
of sweet Blossoms.
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CARICA PAPAYA, or, PAPAW TREE;
THE FEMALE TREE.
The Leaves of this singular Tree are variously cut, the Fruit surrounds
its Summit immediately under Branches and Leaves.
As this Root differs from the European, it is generally supposed to be of
This useful Tree bears delicate White Flowers particularly redolent.
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