Page:Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Volume 1 (2nd edition).djvu/96

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- 6? ?4c?ount of?&t Co?o?, or Keding Ida?d?. thorny. barked tree; u?l'in Sumatra tot training the pepper vine ripOHo Ninth.--A tree whose fruit, when cut, resembles plum-cake, aud may be pickled. It? root, - grated and infused into a lye of potass, yields a scarlet dye. There are a few other scattered trees and shrubby plants, which furnish tolerable fire-wood, and grow near the shores. Tenth.--Many species of creeping plants, one or two of which are highly antiscorbutic, and may be used as salading. �E!eventh.--Of grass there are about four species, all rough and bitterish, and not relished by animals. It may be noticed that all these productions are transportable' by the sea, in which their seeds and roots long retain their germi- nating power. Two species of gannet, and the frigate bird, are particularly numerous about these islands, and man?, other oceanic birds visit them occasionally. A. few cranes, bluish grey and white, sand- pipers, and a species of sand-rail, are all' the birds, not of the web-looted kinds, which are found here; and land crabs, good for food, are plentiful. Turtles are. very numerous, and may be caught without diffi- culty, in all seasons. �Fish of. many species, nearly all of good taste, exist in great abundance round the isles and throughout the bay. Ground sharks are not very numerous; but a small species, having black tips to the tail and fins, is rather plentiful.' No poisonous fish have yet been found. No seals or other amphibious animals, except turtle, have been Been; nor any reptiles or snakes. Since the establishment of the setfiement, the following plants and animals have been introduced, and are likely to succeed :- Fig tree, red mulberry, shaddock, custard apple, orange, lime; !angsap, jamboo, alay, tamarind, pomegranate, papau or papaya, mongua,. tan'un , chilies, aloes, bed e lants Hewnan shrubs, . . 9 g .. g P , g . sunory plants from Maurltms, lemon grass, and five species of good grass for catfie; the cotton-plant from Bourbon; sugar* Cane, two species; plantaiu and banana, seven species; tobacco; kladdy, an extremely farinaceous sort of large-sized pumpkin; gourds, brinjals, water-melons, sundry other Indian vegetables, sweet and common potatoes. While the sun is in the northern. hemisphere, flag-leaved leek, parsley, celery., ces-lettuce. endive, mustard, cress, turnips, radishes, and cabbages, thrive; but they have not succeeded m obtaktng seed from them. Maize, very produc.tive, flourishes throughout the year, in which period four successive crops are obtained. Caffre corn, from the Cape of Good Hope, rises to nearly fifteen feet in height. Cattle, goats, hogs. poultry, ducks, geese, and turkeys, have also been imported. Dig,tiz?d by Google