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