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Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide is for all who want to learn more about wildflowers throughout Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Region. More than two hundred wildflowers are grouped according to color and indexes of common and scientific names link to individual pages with descriptions. Guide is written by Linda Nagy with photographs by her husband, nature photographer, Bernie Nagy.

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1. Abelmoschus moschatus.?­This plant is a native of Bengal. Its seeds were formerly mixed with hair powder, and are still used to perfume pomatum. The Arabs mix them with their coffee berries. In the West Indies the bruised seeds, steeped in rum, are used, both externally and internally, as a cure for snake bites.

2. Abrus precatorius.?­Wild liquorice. This twining, leguminous plant is a native of the East, but is now found in the West Indies and other tropical regions. It is chiefly remarkable for its small oval seeds, which are of a brilliant scarlet color, with a black scar at the place where they are attached to the pods. These seeds are much used for necklaces and other ornamental purposes, and are employed in India as a standard of weight, under the name of Rati. The weight of the famous Kohinoor diamond is known to have been ascertained in this way. The roots afford liquorice, which is extracted in the same manner as that from the true Spanish liquorice plant, the . . .

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