Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of liliaceous plants, type of tribe Uvularieæ. They are characterized by having a slightly branched stem, and terminal pendulous flowers with erect and connivent or finally spreading segments. The 5 species are all natives of the eastern and central United States, 2 of them southern, the others extending into Canada. They are delicate plants growing from a thick or creeping rootstock, with erect stems, at first wrapped below in a few dry sheaths, above bearing alternate sessile or perfoliate ovate and lanceolate leaves. The solitary or twin flowers hang from recurving pedicels, and are followed by triangular-ovoid capsules. They are known as bellwort, especially the perfoliate species, U. perfoliata and U. grandiflora, which are widely distributed. The sessile-leafed species, U. sesilifolia, puberula, and Floridana, are now by some separated as a genus, Oakesia. See figures under sessile, perfoliate, and stoma.
- n. genus of perennial rhizomatous herb of southern and southeastern United States
“The little uvularia, whose leaves were so soft and silky in May and whose blossom drooped so prettily, like a golden bell, is tall, and branched now, and its leaves are stiff and papery.”
“The evergreens of various kinds supply the note of colour which alone gives hope and promises relief from neutral brown and grey, and underneath what once was a leafy forest arcade are all the roots of spring -- the spotted erythronium, the hepatica, the delicate uvularia, the starry trientalis.”
“Have you seen the uvularia hang its delicate yellow bell? and found the May orchis, rare every way in its fragrant pink dress?”
“Always a basket for flowers went along; and when the sled stopped, she would wander all around seeking among the piled-up dead leaves for the white wind-flower, and pretty little hang-head uvularia, and delicate blood-root, and the wild geranium and columbine; and many others the names of which she did not know.”
“Always a basket for flowers went along; and when the sled stopped, she would wander all around seeking among the piled-up dead leaves for the white wind-flower, and pretty little hang-head uvularia, and delicate blood-root, and the wild geranium and columbine; and many others, the names of which she did not know.”
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