The Universal Herbal: Cordia Sebestena; Rough-leaved Cordia.

The Universal Herbal;
or botanical, medical and agricultural dictonary.
Containing an account of All the known Plants in the World, arranged according to the Linnean system. Specifying the uses to which they are or may be applied, whether as food, as medicine, or in the arts and manufactures.
With the best methods of propagation, and the most recent agricultural improvements.
collected from indisputable Authorities.
Adapted to the use of the farmer - the gardener - the husbandman - the botanist - the florist - and country housekeepers in general.
By Thomas Green.
Vol. I
Printed at the Caxton Press by Henri Fisher.
Printer in Ordinary to His Majesty.
Stems several, shrubby, eight or nine feet high, having towards the top rough alternate leaves, on short petioles, of a deep green on their upper side; flowers terminating in large clusters, upon branching peduncles, sustaining one, two, and three flowers; corolla large, with a long tube, spreading open at top, and there divided into five obtuse segments; it is of a beautiful scarlet, and makes a very fine appearance. A small piece of the wood, laid upon a pan of lighted coals, will perfume a whole house with a most agreeable smell. Browne says, it is adorned with large bunches of fine scarlet flowers, which come out at the tops of the branches fifteen or twenty together, with fringed edges, and the surfaces sinuous and curled: they are at first of a high vermilion colour, which changes to a scarlet, and afterwards becomes purple, but they have no scent; the fruit is in the form of an inverted pear. From the juice of the leaves, with that of a species of fig, is prepared the fine red colour with which the natives of Otaheite dye their clothes; but we are informed that there are several other plants, which will produce the same colour in conjunction with the fig. — It is a native of both Indies, and of the Society Isles, and being, rather hardier than the other species, may be placed abroad in a warm situation in the beginning of July, where the plants may remain until the middle of September, provided the season continue warm, but if not, they must be sooner removed into the stove.

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