Plate Number: II 89
Viscum Cariophylloides angustifolium, Floribus longis tubulosis caeruleis, ex spicis squamosis caeruleis erumpentibus: The Wild Pine
This Plant rises from a round tuberous Root, with many Fibres spreading on the Surface of the Limbs and Branches of Trees, insinuating a little Way into the Bark; from the Root grow many concave Leaves, folded in a Manner like those of the Ananas, the Outsides are prominent and large below, tapering into narrow grassy Points, reflected back and hanging down; from the Middle rises a round streight Stalk, at the Top of which are placed five (more or less) red scaly Spikes five or fix Inches long, from the Sides of which shoot forth obliquely, several cylindrical, tubulous, monopetalous blue Flowers, with several Stamina and a yellow Stilus; the Flower consisting of one Leaf only, is folded spirally in a singular Manner. These Plants grow to various Sizes, from one to two Feet and upwards in Height, growing, always erect.
But what recommends this useful and very singular Plant is, that its hollow Leaves lapping over one another, are so closely placed, that one Plant will contain two Quarts of clear Water. In many Countries between the Tropicks that are destitute of Water, having neither Springs nor Rivers, these Plants abound, and are of great Benefit in relieving the Thirsty in Distress, as I have often experienced in Draughts of this refreshing Water, which tho' receiving the Heat of the Sun's perpendicular Rays, was always as cool as from a Spring.
These Plants are common on many of the Bahama Islands, and usually grow on large Trees, particularly to Mahogany, Sappadillo, Maracanel, &c. which are sometimes so covered with them, that they seem to be the Leaves and Blossoms of the Tree on which they grow, and make a very elegant Appearance.
Locusta Caroliniana, elytris fuscis; alis interioribus nigris, and extremitates luteis
The whole Body with the Legs and the two fore Wings of this Grasshopper is of a brown Colour; the two broad Wings which are placed behind, are black, and bordered with yellow towards their Extremities. These Grasshoppers are found in Carolina.