I saw at Low's Harbour the Chilotans making chichi, or cider, with this fruit: so true is it, as Humboldt remarks, that almost everywhere man finds means of preparing some kind of beverage from the vegetable kingdom
. The savages, however, of Tierra del Fuego, and I believe of Australia, have not advanced thus far in the arts.
The appearance of varieties among animals and of "sporting plants" in the vegetable kingdom
, is still shrouded in mystery, and the question whether this is not precisely the ground on which Darwin and Nietzsche will meet, is an interesting one.
Now, though this region may scarcely be said to be wedded to science, being to all intents a virgin territory as respects the enquirer into natural history, still it is greatly destitute of the treasures of the vegetable kingdom
. I should, therefore, have tarried some hundreds of miles more to the eastward, were it not for the inward propensity that I feel to have the beast in question inspected and suitably described and classed.
Apparently the vegetable kingdom
in Mars, instead of having green for a dominant colour, is of a vivid blood-red tint.
I am particularly attracted by the arching and sheaf-like top of the wool-grass; it brings back the summer to our winter memories, and is among the forms which art loves to copy, and which, in the vegetable kingdom
, have the same relation to types already in the mind of man that astronomy has.
Then the whole vegetable kingdom
was rather puzzled what to do.
I was a balloonist for many years, and once my balloon carried me to the Land of Oz, and once to the Vegetable Kingdom
. And once Ozma had a Gump that flew all over this kingdom and had sense enough to go where it was told to--which airships won't do.
It proved that all heat had not yet disappeared from the bowels of this globe; and where heat exists, who can affirm that the vegetable kingdom
, nay, even the animal kingdom itself, has not up to this time resisted all destructive influences?
"If you will accompany me to our public gardens," replied the Prince, "I will explain to you much better than I can here the mysteries of our Vegetable Kingdom
This is the doctrine of Malthus, applied to the whole animal and vegetable kingdoms
. As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected.
His other books included including Lessons in Elementary Botany (1864), three volumes of the Flora of Tropical Africa (1868-1877) and Illustrations of the Principal Natural Orders of the Vegetable Kingdom