from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of ornamental plants of the order Campanulaceæ, distinguished by a five-parted corolla with narrow spreading or long cohering lobes, and a fruit closed at the apex and dehiscent laterally.


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  • In the summer he used to keep a look-out for the little flowers of the short, close turf of the chalk which could remind him of his Alpine favourites, in particular the curious phyteuma; and later on, in the folds of the hills where he had marked them, the English Gentians.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley


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