Bignonia Americana, capreolis donata, siliqua breviore.
These Plants usually grow on the shady Banks of Rivers, rising
with many slender pliant Stems to the Height of twenty, and sometimes
thirty Feet, being supported by Trees and Shrubs, growing near them,
on which they climb and clasp their Tendrils. From the joints of
these trailing Stalks shoot forth their Leaves, Flowers, and Tendrils,
four Leaves grow at every Joint, set by Pairs on two horizontal
short Stalks: The Flowers are set on Footstalks, of above an Inch
in Length, are monopetalous, and divided into five sections, which
reflect back, and are of a bright yellow within; but the outside
of the Flower is of a bright Cinnamon Colour, and has within it
four Stamina with a Stylus. The Seeds are winged,
and fixed to a Placenta within a Pod. This elegant Plant
is a Native of both Virginia and Carolina, and blows
there in May, but in England not before August.
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