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and Dasya, and large leaves cut into fringes and furbelows, of rosy Rhodymeniæ. All these are lovely to behold; but I think I admire as much as any of them, one of the commonest of our marine plants, Chondrus crispus. It occurs in the greatest profusion on our coast, in every pool between tide-marks,

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and every-where,—except in those of the highest level, where constant exposure to light dwarfs the plant, and turns it of a dull umber-brown tint,—it is elegant in form, and brilliant in colour. The expanding fan-shaped fronds, cut