Soon After We Observed, In
Places That Are Still Covered With The Above-Mentioned Mossy Plant, A
New Rush (JUNCUS Triglumis,) A Fine AMELLUS, A Most Beautiful
Scarlet CHELONE, And Lastly, Even Shrubby Plants, Viz.
flowered shrubby plant of a new genus, which we called EMBOTHRIUM
coccineum; two new kinds of berberis,
(BERBERIS ilicifolia et
mitior;) an arbutus with cuspidated leaves (ARBUTUS mucronata;) and
lastly, the tree bearing the winter's bark (DRYMIS winteri,) which,
however, in these rocky barren parts of Terra del Fuego never exceeds
the size of a tolerable shrub; whereas in Success Bay, on a gentle
sloping ground, in a rich and deep soil, it grows to the size of the
largest timber. The falling leaves, the rotting mossy plants, and
various other circumstances, increase the mould and form a deeper
soil, more and more capable of bearing larger plants. Thus they all
enlarge the vegetable system, and rescue new animated parts of the
creation from their inactive chaotic state." - F.
END OF VOLUME FOURTEENTH.
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