Papers in the Biological Sciences


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Botanical Gazette (December 1881) 6(12): 294-295.


I have for several years been wanting a good Monocotyledon for histological study in the botanical laboratory, one which should be for its sub class what the pumpkin is for the dicotyledons. The indian corn, which is commonly used, is too difficult, and too greatly specialized a type, exhibiting as it does the peculiar nodal structure of the stem of the Grarninex, rather than the structure of the stem of monocotyledons in general. A good representative stem. and one which can be obtained everywhere in good condition, from early spring until the end of the season, is the asparagus. This has been carefully studied the past season in the botanical laboratory of the Iowa Agricultural College, by Miss Fannie J. Perrett.