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illustrated.1865 Excerpt: ... the inner portion is the "corolla,"
literally the "little crown," so called from the poetical, and
therefore good and true idea which regards it as marking the day
when the plant is in the enjoyment of its highest honour and glory,
--upon which it is "crowned," as it were, and thus in the condition
of king or queen when lifted to the highest pinnacle of royal
dignity by having the golden diadem placed upon the brow. Let us
look yet a little more attentively, and we discern that this pretty
flower-crown, this "corolla," is in some flowers composed of many
distinct pieces or leaves, while in others it appears to consist of
only one piece, wrought into the form of a little vase. Whether few
or many, the component pieces of the corolla are called the
"petals," which name, when we would speak correctly of them, we
should always make use of, since the word "leaves" applies properly
only to the green foliage of a plant. "Ross-leaves," often used for
scent-pots, are properly "rosepetals." Now the sleep of a flower
consists mainly in the changes of the positions of these "petals."
The calyx or chalice which encircles them, and which covered them
up while the flower was only a bud, undergoes no change at night,
or never more than a very slight and scarcely appreciable one: the
movement is confined almost entirely to the coloured portion
within. And now we come to one of the most captivating chapters in
the history. As there are scores of different shapes of corollas,
so are there scores of different modes of closing, every different
one determined by the peculiar configuration of the corolla. This
is no more than we might expect from the analogies of nature, which
is everywhere brimful of echoes, giving us utterances over and over
again of simple and elegant ideas, th...
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