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Title: Oriental memoirs : selected and abridged from a series of familiar letters written during seventeen years residence in India : including observations on parts of Africa and South America, and a narrative of occurrences in four India voyages : illustrated by engravings from original drawings
Year: 1813 (1810s)
Authors: Forbes, James, 1749-1819 Hooker, William Jackson, Sir, 1785-1865, ill
Subjects: Natural history Natural history
Publisher: London : Printed for the author by T. Bensley : Published by White, Cochrane, and Co.
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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cocoa-nut tree does notgrow in the interior districts, nor is it abundant on the sea coastsso far north. The palmyra, like the rest of that beautiful genus,gives an oriental costume to the landscape, and is a tree of longduration ; it sows itself from the seed contained within its semi-transparent fruit, when it falls from the tree, or is dispersed by birdsand monkeys. A palmyra-tree, when in perfection, yields dailyabout three quails of tari, or palm-wine; which when boiled downproduces a pound of coarse sugar, called jaggaree. This also ismade of a better quality from the juice of the sugar-cane, whichgrew plentifully in several parts of my purgunnahs. No finer sugarwas manufactured, but a great number of canes were daily soldin the bazars for the fresh juice, which the natives are very fond of.The cane is planted by joints, in regular rows: when arrived atmaturity, such as have escaped the depredation of wild hogs (andof elephants where they are indigenous) are cut down; the juice

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■ ■ 0 ■ ■ ■■■.■■. . I . ■.:.■ 453 expressed by a mill constructed with great simplicity, and theboiled into jaggaree. The bamboo, (bambusa, Lin.) flourished near the rivers inthe Bhaderpoor districts; it is a beautiful and very useful plant,common in most parts of India and China: it does not attain thelaro;est size in Guzerat; but there the thick stems and smallerbranches are converted to various purposes; building, furniture,baskets, and utensils. In Malabar, those of large dimensionsare formed into arches, by training them, while vegetating, overan iron frame of the shape required, to support the canopies ofpalanquins. Some bamboos, of large diameter and a lofty arch,are valued at five or six hundred rupees. I mentioned the wedded-banian-tree at Salsette; it is not un-common in this part of Guzerat, and causes a singular variety invegetation. Colonel Ironside describes a very curious one in theprovince of Bahar, among the other banian-trees, which he saysare c


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