from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Bryophyllum (B. calycinum and B. proliferum), belonging to the Crassulaceæ. The leaf emits roots when laid on damp earth.
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There were shabby villas, with stone-pines and cypresses herding about the houses, and tatters of life-plant overhanging their shabby walls; there were stucco shanties which the men and women working in the fields would lurk in at nightfall.
I thought it necessary, for the sake of those who might read my story, to string together these few scattered recollections of my boyhood, -- to give, as it were, some sample of the cotyledon leaves of my young life-plant, and of the soil in which it took root, ere it was transplanted -- but I will not forestall my sorrows.