Origin of Cultivated Plants

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Paul, Trench, 1886 - Botany, Economic - 468 pages
 

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Page 451 - Men have not discovered and cultivated within the last two thousand years a single species which can rival maize, rice, the sweet potato, the potato, the breadfruit, the date cereals, millets, sorghums, the banana, and soy. These date from three, four, or five thousand years, perhaps even in some cases six thousand years.
Page 307 - There is an immense number of varieties of the banana in the south of Asia, both on the islands and on the continent; the cultivation of these varieties dates in India, in China, and in the Archipelago from an epoch impossible to...
Page 191 - Algeria, and Morocco. It is especially in the Pontus, in Armenia to the south of the Caucasus and of the Caspian Sea, that it grows with the luxuriant wildness of a tropical creeper, clinging to tall trees and producing abundant fruit without pruning or cultivation.
Page 307 - Archipelago from an epoch impossible to realize; it even spread formerly into the Islands of the Pacific and to the west coast of Africa; lastly, the varieties bore distinct names in the most separate Asiatic languages, such as Chinese, Sanskrit, and Malay. All this indicates great antiquity of culture, consequently a primitive existence in Asia, and a diffusion contemporary with or even anterior to that of the human race.
Page 307 - He says the Greeks of the expedition of Alexander saw it in India, and he quotes the name pala which still persists in Malabar. Sages reposed beneath its shade and ate of its fruit. Hence the botanical name Musa sapientum. Musa is from the Arabic mouz or mawoz, which we find as early as the I3th century in Eba Baithar.

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