from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of herbs growing in wet places, and having white flowers; grass of Parnassus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of elegant plants of the polypetalous order Saxifragaceæ and the tribe Saxifrageæ, characterized by the five staminodes and one-celled ovary with parietal placentæ opposite the Stigmas.
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- n. any of various usually evergreen bog plants of the genus Parnassia having broad smooth basal leaves and a single pale flower resembling a buttercup
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About Moleem an Osmundoid is common enough, but not in _flower_: the northern forms are Ranunculus, Anemone, Parnassia, Pyrus, Pinus, Viola,
Acanthaceae, Androsaceae, particularly a Gnaphalioides common on the exposed ridge of Mount Jacka; Myrsinea frutex, Parnassia common, Salix fruticosa; on Prospect Point, Lycopodium, Herminioid, Epipactis, Orchideae aliae, 2 Scitamineae.
Between Syung and Myrung, especially about Nungbree, Parnassia recurs, with another species of
Panee, among the wet rocks which form its banks, a fine Parnassia; a trailing Arbutoidea; a very European looking Quercus; Anesadenia pubescens, a Circaea, Campanulae 2, AEschynomene, Crotalaria, a Serissa?
The vegetation of the grassy hills was precisely the same, Aroidea, Erianthus, Tofieldioidea, Parnassia nana _potius_
At the same elevation Parnassia, Epilobium monus, Gnaphalium densiflor.,
Thus in our lovely little Parnassia, five of the ten stamens have ceased to produce pollen, but are prolonged into fingers, each terminating in a shining yellow knob, which looks exactly like a drop of honey, and by which Flies are continually deceived.
In the herb-paris (Paris quadrifolia) the ovary glistens as if moist, and flies alight on it and carry away pollen to another flower; while in grass of parnassus (Parnassia palustris) there are a number of small stalked yellow balls near the base of the flower, which look like drops of honey but are really dry.
_ The country is everywhere intersected with trenches for iron-washing, and some large marshes were dammed up for the same purpose: in these we found some beautiful balsams, _Hypericum_ and _Parnassia_; also a diminutive water-lily, the flower of which is no larger than a half-crown; it proves to be the _Nymphaea pygmaea_ of China and
Umbelliferae, Parnassia, Hypericum, _ etc. There were no pines on either side of the pass; a very remarkable peculiarity of the damp mountains of Sikkim, which I have elsewhere had occasion to notice: we had left _Pinus longifolia_ (a far from common tree in these valleys) at 3000 feet in the Tawa three days before, and ascended to