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Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879 / American medical botany, being a collection of the native medicinal plants of the United States, containing their botanical history and chemical analysis, and properties and uses in medicine, diet, and the arts, with coloured engravings
(1820)

Nymphæa odorata, Sweet scented water lily,   pp. [134]-140 ff.


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NYMPHIEA ODORATA. 
  Sweet scented Water lily. 
                   PLJTE LVo 
    Tu   common Water lily, of North America, 
very much resembles that of Europe in its 
external form, but differs remarkably in the fine 
fragrance of its flowers, those of the old continent 
being nearly destitute of odour. It belongs to 
a very beautiful tribe of aquatic plants, a great 
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Those species which support the cold of our 
northern latitudes, are enabled to do so only by 
the depth of water, under which it is their habit 
to vegetate. Nature has provided a sort of spon- 
taneous hotbed for these plants, by placing their 
roots at such a depth from the surface of the 
element in which they grow, that the frost, which 
would otherwise prove fatal, does not reach them 
at the coldest season. 


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