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stamens are peiiclulous. As the antliers approach maturity, the style be- comes erect, and the stamens commence elevating themselves. By the time that the anthers are fully matured, the lobes of the stigma have di- vided and curled outwards and downwards in a circinate manner, so that

����they may be reached by the anthers, the filaments then become erect, ami the pollen is discharged upon the lobes of the stigma. After dis- charging the contents of their anthers, the stamens droop and become ])endulous again, whilst the style remains erect."

W. T. T. D.

��On the Popida-r Names of British Flants, being an Explanation of the

Origin and Meaning of the Names of our Indigenous and most commonly

Cultinaled Species. By R. C. A. Prior, M.D., Fellow of the Royal

College of Physicians of London, and of the Linnean and other

Societies. Second Edition. Williams and Norgate: 1870.

At page 378 of the first volume of this Journal, the first edition of

this work was noticed, at some length; and it only remains for us to

refer briefly to the second edition, which is now before us. It contains

further evidences of the care and zeal with which Dr. Prior has followed

out the study of an important sul)ject; and also much interesting matter

which was not in the earlier volume. Certain trifling errors are corrected,

and the accounts of some of the names arc condensed from the previous

edition; but the l)0(ly of the work remains the same. Although only

published in 1863, it has been for some time impossible to obtain copies

of the first edition; and we have little doubt that the interest which has

been awakened, mainly by Dr. Prior's researches, in plant-names, will

induce many to purchase what must be regarded as the standard work

upon the subject of which it treats.

We notice that the list of " works referred to " is much extended, and that some names, such as " Tentwort," which were left unexplained in

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