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Jepson Field Book volume 15 page 70 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 15 page 70
Genoa, Italy.  Came to Genoa on Sunday. The Italian trains are slow as ice-wagons. Genoa is most interesting to me because of its being the birthplace of Columbus. It snowed the next day. A great change from the Mentone Riviera.  La Mortola -- further notes. Herr Berger has gotten together a truly remarkable lot of succulents. As great botanical curiosities as ever I saw. Mesembryanthemum Bolsii has opposite leaves, one or two close pairs, like a pair of smoothly worn stones out of a creek bed fitted face to face, the flattish sides to the ground. there was another one ::::::::: Feb. 11, 1906  that would certainly be passed over for a little stone lying on the ground unless one was very sharp -- then one notices the cleft across the top. Berger pointed out many examples of the effect of the Riviera climate on plants from elsewhere. A citrus sent from the Kew Gardens was one "species" on the lower part of the bush and quite a different thing above, the leaves much larger and greener. Sir Thomas Hanbury called my attention to a large-fruited citrus that was one color where the sun struck it fair (green!) all the rest beyond the sunspot an intense golden yellow! Just reversing the habit in the apple which colors most on the sun side.
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