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1871 Excerpt: ...as they call them here), their all but leafless
boughs now blazing against the blue sky with vermilion flowers,
trees of red coral sixty feet in height. Ah that we could show you
the avenue on the right, composed of palms from every quarter of
the tropics--palms with smooth stems, or with prickly ones, with
fan leaves, feather leaves, leaves (as in the wine-palm4) like
Venus's hair fern; some, again, like the Cocorite,5 almost
stemless, rising in a huge ostrich plume which tosses in the land
breeze, till the long stiff leaflets seem to whirl like the spokes
of a green glass wheel. Ah that we could wander with you through
the botanic garden beyond, amid fruits and flowers brought together
from all the lands of the perpetual summer; or even give you,
through the great arches of the bamboo clumps, as they creak and
rattle sadly in the wind, and the Bauhinias, like tall and ancient
whitethorns, which shade the 1 Inga Saman; "Caraceas tree." 3 Hura
crepitans. 3 Erythrina umbrosa. 4 Caryota. 5 Maximiliana. road, one
glance of the flat green Savannah, with its herds of kine, beyond
which lies, buried in flowering trees, and backed by mountain
woods, the city of Port of Spain. One glance, too, under the boughs
of the great Cotton-tree at the gate, at the still sleeping sea,
with one tall Coolie-ship at anchor, seen above green cane-fields
and Coolie gardens, gay with yellow Croton and purple Dracaena, and
crimson Poinsettia, and the grand leaves of the grandest of all
plants, the Banana, food of paradise. Or, again, far away to the
extreme right, between the flat tops of the great Saman-avenue at
the barracks, and the wooded mountain-spurs which rash down into
the sea, the islands of the Bocas floating in the shining water;
and beyond them, a cloud among ...
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