Gleadall, Eliza Eve / The beauties of flora : with botanic and poetic illustrations, being a selection of flowers drawn from nature arranged emblematically : with directions for colouring them
The Mexican Tiger-flower, Change; The blue major Convolvulus, Night, pp. Plate 17-34 ff.
33 17. CHANGE. Tigridia Pavonia. The Mexican Tiger-flower. Natural Order. Class and Order. IRIDEX. MONADELPHIA TRIANDRIA. LINNEUS named this plant Ferraria Pavonia in compliment to Jean Baptiste Ferrari, an Italian botanist, who first figured and described the Ferraria undulata. The specific name Pavonia was in consequence. of Mutis having sent him a drawing of the flower under this appellation, which he had designated from Pavon, the name of a favourite pupil, and not, as is generally understood, from pavo, ' a peacock,' on account of the beauty of its colours. This species is a native of Mexico, and is now separated from the genus Ferraria; its present name Tigridia comes from tigris, ' a tiger,' in reference to its spots. The blossoms of the Tigridia Pavonia are of short duration. Sturm justly observes, " If flowers retained their beauty throughout the year, they would not impart to us the delight they do. The constant variation and succession of all terrestrial objects constitutes one of the chief sources of our happiness." Sweet Julia, whilst thy raptured eye Exults in pleasure's lightness, Viewing yon meteor gild the sky, Enrob'd in glory's brightness; 'Tis fled.- So fades the beauteous dye That stains my glowing flow'r: So wanes the flame that lights thine eye; The meteor of an hour." NIGHT. Convolvulus major caerulea. The bbi Natural Order. CONVOLVULACER. PENTA THIS extensive and beautiful genus is designated Convolvulus, from peculiar property, whence the common name bind-weed:- Convolvulus, expand thy cup-like flower, Graceful in form, and beautiful in hue." K
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