John Muir


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them. Sketched all in outline. Tree-like Madrona, 3.9 inches. Smooth thin bark, reddish outside. Pale where flakes have been recently shed off. One of the Myrtacaea? Probably Myrtus. Small leaves. Tree prostrate; one hundred forty feet long, four feet diameter. Unknown species; probably beech - the most important genus of the forest trees hereabouts. Six species in Chili; five of them large; one called Roblo makes the best lumber. Podocarpus, Chilousa, one of the most notable, and Laurelin. Both large and very handsome trees. So is Persia Lingue of the shrubs. Berberia, Pernettia, Cytharoxylon Homatia, Azarole, Embothrium. By far the most showy and influential is the last, with its crimson flowers in telling masses, adorning every open space, especially grassy meadows. This fine bush stands erect about from five to ten feet high. There is also a flowery parasite, very showy, which lavishly adorns the boles of the trees.

Date Original

November 1911


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.

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