Punch,  56 (1869), 116.

A Vegetable Giant



News-Commentary, Drollery


Botany, Monstrosities, Taxonomy

    Discusses a report in the Builder of the arrival from Nicaragua of 'specimens of "one of the most gigantic plants in the vegetable kingdom"', a species of the arum family 'closely allied' to the aristocracy of that kingdom ('our English "Lords and Ladies"'). Notes its extraordinary dimensions and observes that, owing to its novelty to 'men of science', it has 'not as yet received a name'. Suggests 'Gomagogus graveolens' as a compliment to the City of London.

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