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Excerpt from Flower Guide: Revised and With New Illustrations; Wild Flowers East of the Rockies
A plant is a wonderful organism, yet how few of us realize it as we casu ally glance at the flowers growing by the wayside. We see a beautiful flower; we know that in the course of time it withers and fades away; and we know that the next year the plant grows up again, sends forth its buds, which at the proper time unfold their petals, and so the cycle continues year after year, while we give little thought to the change that occurs. The cause and its effect. Volumes might be written, and a great many have been since the time of Dar win, upon the many interesting processes by which various flowers are propo gated. As this book is confined chiefly to the identification of flowers, we will give but a few illustrations between flowering seasons, We see in most flowers a thing of beauty; their real and. To them, most important functions is to pro duce seeds to perpetuate the species.
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