Sonder's and my own herbarium, whilst, for the inspection of many of Bartero's plants, belonging to the Wiirzburg Museum, I am indebted to Professor Scheur. The large bulk of West Indian plants at Kew consists of the collections of modem ex- plorers, of whom the majority, however, are no longer living. Of cultivated plants only those are mentioned which are said to be naturalized in the country. 10° to 27°), the West Indiau islands present an entirely tropical character in their vege- table productions, and the Northern Bahamas in this respect are quite distinct Digitized by Vj OOQ IC VI PBEFACE. Much less important are the publications of the present century.
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Jamaica again, from its mountainous character and more distant position, — most of the Leeward islands from being wooded volcanos, — and the majority of the Windward ones, with a dry climate and a low calcareous soil, form three divisions of this tropical archipelago, which show as many peculiarities. Of Lunau's *Hortus Jamaicensis' (1814) and Descourtilz' * Flore Mc^dicale des Antilles' (1821- 1829), the former is a mere compilation, and the latter a series of execrable chiefly copied drawings ; both of little or no scientific value.
Thus the whole of the British West Indies, as comprised in this Flora, may be divided into five natural sections, each with a distinct botanical character, and including the following islands, the geographical area of which is added according to the American Almanac for 1858, and other sources. Hamilton's •Prodromus Plantarum Indite Occidentalis' (1825) is a pamphlet on certain new or doubtful species, but which for the most part cannot be identified.
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Thus, of no part of the British West Indies has a tolerably complete Flora ever been published since the time of P. I much regret that I only very lately succeeded in procuring the Spanish folio edition of Richard's work (printed about 1850), all the remaining copies of which, as the publisher told me at Paris, were carried to Spain by Ramon de la Sagra.
Browne, and on a large number of species occurring in these islands, general systematic works and periodical literature are the only sources of information. Richard's * Flora of Cuba' (1838-1853), compiled from Eamon de la Sagra's and Linden's materials, is so incomplete, that in other collections sent from that large island, e. Thus my quotations refer to the first volume of the French edition in octavo, comprising only the Polypetalous Orders (1845), the second volume never having been printed ; but 1 have been enabled to identify most of Richard's new species from the plates, or from Linden's original specimens.
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