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Of Moss, and several other small-vegetative Substances

Of Moss, and several other small-vegetative Substances.png Of Cowage, and the itching operation of some bodiesThumbnailsOf a Plant growing in the blighted or yellow specks of Damask-rose-leavesOf Cowage, and the itching operation of some bodiesThumbnailsOf a Plant growing in the blighted or yellow specks of Damask-rose-leavesOf Cowage, and the itching operation of some bodiesThumbnailsOf a Plant growing in the blighted or yellow specks of Damask-rose-leaves

Moss is a Plant, that the wisest of Kings thought neither unworthy his speculation, nor his Pen, and though amongst Plants it be in bulk one of the smallest, yet it is not the least considerable: For, as to its shape, it may compare for the beauty of it with any Plant that grows, and bears a much bigger breadth; it has a root almost like a seedy Parsnep, furnish'd with small strings and suckers, which are all of them finely branch'd, like those of the roots of much bigger Vegetables; out of this springs the stem or body of the Plant, which is somewhat Quadrangular, rather then Cylindrical, most curiously fluted or lining with small creases, which run, for the most part, parallel the whole stem; on the sides of this are close and thick set, a multitude of fair, large, well-shap'd leaves, some of them of a rounder, others of a longer shape, according as they are younger or older when pluck'd; as I ghess by this, that those Plants that had the stalks growing from the top of them, had their leaves of a much longer shape, all the surface of each side of which, is curiously cover'd with a multitude of little oblong transparent bodies, in the manner as you see it express'd in the leaf B, in the XIII. Scheme.

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Micrographia
by Robert Hooke
Published 1665
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