Viscum radice bulbosa; Floris labello carneo, ceteris sordide luteis.

This bulbose rooted Plant grows only to the Trunks, and on the Limbs of Trees. Its Fibres in insinuating into the Crevices of the Bark where they take such firm Rooting that great Strength is required to tear them from the Trees. The Roots grow many of them in a Cluster; from each Bulb rises one, and sometimes two smooth yellow green Leaves, like those of a Narcissus, except that they are concave on the Inside, and capable of receiving and conveying Water to the Roots for their Nourishment and Refreshment: From the Roots also arise a single stiff, small Stalk of about sixteen inches in Length; on the Top of which are set several Flowers, each consisting of five dirty yellow Petals, spreading open at equal Distances, in the Centre of which came forth the remaining Part of the Flower, resembling somewhat the Flower of an Orchis, as exhibited here in its progressive Appearance and different Positions. They grow on the Bahama Islands.


Viscum Cariophylloides, Lulii albi foliis, Floris labello brevi purpureo, ceteris Petalis ex luteo virescentibus.

These Plants after the Manner of the precedent grow upon Trees, and sometimes upon Rocks, being also bulbose, one Bulb producing usually two Lilly-like Leaves, between which shoots up a green succulent Stalk, with Flowers at the Top, set alternately on Inch long Footstalks, as appears in the Figure. These also grow on the Bahama Islands.


Papillio, &c.

This Body of this Butterfly is black, with a few white Spots near the Head. The Ground of all the Wings is red, through which runs many black Lines or Ribs in different Directions: The Wings are verged round with black, through which runs a double Line of white Spots. The outermost Corner of the two fore Wings are blended with red and black, with some larger Spots of white. These Butterflies are common in most of the Northern Colonies in America.

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