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Identifier: sylvaamericanaor01brow
Title: The sylva americana; or, A description of the forest trees indigenous to the United States, practically and botanically considered
Year: 1832 (1830s)
Authors: Browne, D. J. (Daniel Jay), b. 1804
Subjects: Forests and forestry Trees
Publisher: Boston, W. Hyde & co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation


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is compact, fine-grained and brilliant, and notliable to warp when perfectly seasoned. It is extensivelyemployed by cabinet makers for every species of furniture ; andwhen chosen near the ramification of the trunk it rivals mahoganyin beauty. This wood is generally preferred to the black walnut,whose dun complexion with time becomes nearly black. Onthe banks of the Ohio it is employed in ship building, and theFrench of Illinois use it for the felloes of wheels. The fruit isemployed to make a cordial, by infusion in rum or brandy, withthe addition of a certain quantity of sugar. The bark of this treeis bitter and aromatic, its taste being strong, penetrating and notdisagreeable. It is undoubtedly a useful tonic, and appears topossess, in some degree, a narcotic and antispasmodic property.The latter quality is strongest in the recent state, and in thedistilled water. The powdered bark may be given in doses offrom 10 to 15 grains. This tree probably contains prussic acid. DENDROLOGY. 139

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CHAMJEROPS. Polygamia Dicecia. Linn. Palmse. Juss. Weak tonic, farinaceous. Cabbage Tree. Chamcerops palmetto. From its lofty height, thisvegetable is considered inthe United States as a tree;and upon the shores of theocean, where it grows, it iscalled Cabbage Tree. Itsnorthern limit is near CapeHatteras, from which itspreads to the extremity ofEast Florida, and probablyencircles the Gulf of Mexico.Farther south this tree isnot confined, as in the UnitedStates, to the immediatevicinity of the sea. A trunk from 40 to 50feet in height, of an uniformdiameter, and crowned with a regular and tufted summit, givesthe cabbage tree a beautiful and majestic appearance. Its leavesare of a brilliant green, palmated, and borne by petioles from 18to 20 inches long, nearly triangular and united at the edges ; theyvary in length and breadth from one to five feet, and are soarranged that the smallest occupy the centre of the summit, andthe largest the circumference. Before their developement theyare f


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