Tocqueville, Democracy In America: Appendix B


Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831

Appendix B


South America, in the regions between the tropics, produces an incredible profusion of climbing plants, of which the flora of the Antilles alone furnishes forty different species. Among the most graceful of these shrubs is the passion-flower which, according to Descourtiz, climbs trees by means of the tendrils with which it is provided, and forms moving bowers of rich and elegant festoons, decorated with blue and purple flowers, and fragrant with perfume. (Vol. I, p. 265.)

The Acacia a grandes gousses is a creeper of enormous and rapid growth, which climbs from tree to tree and sometimes covers more than half a league. (Vol. III, p. 227.)

1 The 20th degree of longitude, meridian of Washington, corresponds to about 99ø of the meridian of Paris.


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