Giant cacti and spiny scrub abound.
spinosissimus have narrower spiny toothed leaves.
Australia and Tasmania possess two animals of this order - the echidna, or spiny ant-eater (hairy in Tasmania), and the Platypus anatinus, the duckbilled water mole, otherwise named the Ornithorhynchus paradoxus.
At the base of the leaf the spiny stipules are seen.
Some importance attaches to the form of the pollen grains; the two principal forms are ellipsoidal with longitudinal bands forming the Convolvulus-type, and a spherical form with a spiny surface known as the Ipomaea-type.
Shell with moderately long spire and canal, ornamented with ribs, often spiny; foot truncated anteriorly.
Several of them, such as Echinomys and Loncheres, are rat-like creatures with spiny or bristly fur.
For example, the grub of a pea or bean beetle (Bruchus) is hatched, from the egg laid by its mother on the carpel of a leguminous flower, with three pairs of legs and spiny processes on the prothorax.
SPINY SQUIRREL, a book-name for a group of African ground squirrels, characterized by the spiny nature of the fur of the more typical forms. They form the genus Xerus, which is split up into a number of subgenera; Xerus rutilus of Abyssinia and East Africa belonging to the typical group, while the striped North African X.
The more typical species are characterized by the coarse spiny hair, the small size, or even absence of the ears, and the long, nearly straight, claws.
Typical spiny squirrels differ from true squirrels in being completely terrestrial in their habits, and live either in clefts or holes of rocks, or in burrows which they dig themselves.
The leaves are generally lance-shaped with a sharp apex and a spiny margin; but vary in colour from grey to bright green, and are sometimes striped or mottled.
They are succeeded by succulent fruits, which are exserted, and frequently scaly or spiny, in which respects this genus differs both from Melocactus and Mammillaria, which have the fruits immersed and smooth.
The margins of these leaf-like branches are more or less crenately notched, the notches representing buds, as do the spine-clusters in the spiny genera; and from these crenatures the large showy flowers are produced.
Another species, Acanthus spinosus, is so called from its spiny leaves.
high, of flowers with spiny bracts.
spinosissimus have narrower, spiny toothed leaves.
PORCUPINE (Fr., pore-epic, "spiny pig"), the name of the largest European representative of the terrestrial rodent mammals, distinguished by the spiny covering from which it takes its name.
The enlarged spiny scales scattered over the back look as if it were sprinkled with the dried husks of seeds.
Its fruit, called " tuna " by the natives, is refreshing and wholesome and is a staple food in spite of its spiny covering.
It is the northernmost home of the armadillo, ocelot, jaguar, red and grey cats, and the spiny pocket mouse, and in southern Texas especially it is visited by several species of tropical birds.
Spondylus; shell with spiny ribs, adherent by the spines.
The legs are stout and spiny, and well adapted for clinging to the hair or feathers of the host animal.
In Assam there is a small spiny hare (Caprolagus hispidus), with the habits of a rabbit; and an allied species (Nesolagus nitscheri) inhabits Sumatra, and a third (Pentalagus furnessi) the Liu-kiu Islands.
The fur varies exceedingly in character, - in some, like the chinchillas and hares, being fine and soft, while in others it is more or less replaced by spines on the upper surface, as in spiny rats and porcupines; these spines in several genera, as Xerus, Acomys, Platacanthomys, Echinothrix, Loncheres and Echinomys, being flattened.
A distinct sub-family, Lophiomyinae, is represented by the Central African arboreal spiny rats, Lophiomys, of which there are two or three species.
- African Spiny Rat (Lophiomys imhausi).
The spiny mice, Acornys (or Acanthomys), of Western Asia, Cyprus and Africa, take their name from the fur being almost entirely replaced by flattened spines, and are further distinguished by the rudimentary coronoid process of the lower jaw.
Blyth long ago proposed the name Caprolagus for the remarkable spiny rabbit of the western Himalayas, while the generic name Oryctolagus was suggested later for the rabbit, and Sylvilagus for the American "cotton-tails"; but none of these was accorded general acceptation.
In 1899 Dr Forsyth Major proposed a classification of the family in which a number of species were grouped with the spiny rabbit in the genus Caprolagus, whilst Oryctolagus was taken to include not only the common rabbit, but likewise the Cape hare.
netscheri, which apparently differs from the spiny rabbit mainly by the pattern of the cheekteeth.
The spiny rabbit, separated from Lepus by Blyth in 1845 under the name of Caprolagus hispidus, is an inhabitant of Assam and the adjacent districts, and distinguished by its harsh, bristly fur and short ears and tail.
myriophylla have pretty spiny heads of flowers.
The hardening of the extremities of the fibro-vascular tissue is the cause of the spiny margin of many leaves, such as the holly, of the sharp-pointed leaves of madder, and of mucronate leaves, or those having a blunt end with a hard projection in the centre.
To the same cause is due the spiny margin of the holly-leaf.
But the way in which they usually diverge just over and in front of the eye has suggested the more probable idea, that they serve to guard these organs from thorns and spines while hunting for fallen fruits among the tangled thickets of rattans and other spiny plants.
In the low brushwood scattered over portions of the dreary plains of the Kandahar table-lands, we find leguminous thorny plants of the papilionaceous sub-order, such as camel-thorn (Hedysarum Alhagi), Astragalus in several varieties, spiny rest-harrow (Ononis spinosa), the fibrous roots of which often serve as a tooth-brush; plants of the sub-order Mimosae, as the sensitive mimosa; a plant of the rue family, called by the natives lipdtd; the common wormwood; also certain orchids, and several species of Salsola.
The plants have a large rosette of thick fleshy leaves generally ending in a sharp point and with a spiny margin; the stout stem is usually short, the leaves apparently springing from the root.
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The branches are numerous and in some species spiny; the narrow, often short, leaf-blade is usually jointed at the base and has a short stalk, by which it is attached to the long sheath.
Alhagi manna (Persian and Arabic tar-angubin, also known as terendschabin) is the produce of Alhagi maurorum, a small, spiny, leguminous plant, growing in Arabia, Asia Minor, Persia, Afghanistan, Baluchistan and northern India.
The leaf-margins are often spiny, and the leaf-spines of Puya chilensis are used by the natives as fish-hooks.
In some bamboos they are very numerous from the lower nodes of the erect culms, and pass downwards to the soil, whilst those from the upper nodes shrivel up and form circles of spiny fibres.
12) these become consolidated, and the inner ones flattened so as to form a very hard globular spiny case to the spikelets.
In Cenchrus the bristles unite to form a tough spiny capsule fig.
Though usually more or less cylindrical or circular in section, hairs are often elliptical or flattened, as in the curly-haired races of men, the terminal portion of the hair of moles and shrews, and conspicuously in the spines of the spiny squirrels of the genus Xerus and those of the mouse-like Platacanthomys.
The leaves of the involucre are spiny in thistles and in teazel (Dipsacus), and hooked in burdock.
3) is formed by a growing upwards of the flower-stalk immediately beneath the flower, upon which scaly or spiny protuberances appear; it is of the nature of bracts.
Cyclamen and Vallisneria; or spiny, as in Alyssum spinosum.
British salt marshes furnish few instances of spiny plants, though such occur occasionally on the inland salt marshesof continental districts.
The vegetation on the western side of the island is much less dense, often appearing as scattered clumps of trees on savannah-like plains rather than continuous forest; while in the south-west, where the rainfall is very scanty, the vegetation is largely of fleshy-leaved and spiny plants - aloes and cacti (the latter introduced), with several species of Euphorbia, as well as numerous lianas, one of which (Intisy) yields india-rubber.
The larvae have soft-skinned bodies sometimes protected by rows of spiny tubercles, the legs being fairly developed in some families and greatly segments to the foot, but there are really five, the fourth being greatly reduced.
Salsola Kali is British, and a hemi-halophyte at least; and it is rather spiny.
Appendages of 2nd pair, strong, usually prehensile and spiny.
The leaves of barberry and of some species of Astragalus, and the stipules of the false acacia (Robinia) are spiny.
In a general way, spiny plants, with stiff branches and dry and coriaceous leaves, dominate the flora, as they now do in Central Africa, to which region on the whole Saporta considers the flora to be most allied.
blennytrue blennies have a continuous dorsal fin; the first dorsal fins are spiny and the remainder are soft.
The spiny seed case splits to reveal a shiny conker.
We saw a shark (possibly a spiny dogfish) cruising up from the depths.
Among the grass, underfoot, is thyme, the spiny rest harrow, yellow kidney vetch, and pale blue harebells.
spiny lobster - a locally caught variety with smaller claws than its better known relative from Maine.
Other notable plants include spiny restharrow, warty cabbage and black mustard.
Barrel and tube sponges, sea urchins, spiny lobsters, coral shrimp and crabs are also widely present.
In other parts the rocks were totally bare from having been grazed by massive numbers of spiny sea urchins.
Marine life is made up of crustaceans, echinoderms, spiny black sea urchins and a resident school of spotted sweetlips.
Despite the strong currents, there is quite a collection of spiny spider crabs, pipefish, crabs and lobsters inside the caves.
spiny sea urchins.
spiny shrubs are useful to deter access.
spiny branches are covered with yellow flowers in May - June 2ft.
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It's best to trim off a few of the very spiny leaves from the stems, to make them easier to handle.
The plants are distinctive, often spiny, succulents most of which occur naturally in the arid regions of the Americas.
For example, this is the only place in England where the spiny starfish is found.
In between we got troubled by " Spiny Normans " .
The impact of the spiny water flea on the Great Lakes fisheries is still debated.
Since, however, this parachute is absent in some members of the family, the most distinctive character is the presence of a double row of spiny scales on the under surface of the tail, which apparently aid in climbing.
Here the gravelly desert is characterized by cushion plants, such as Anabasis aretioides; by switch plants, such as Retama Retam; and specially by spiny plants, such as Zizyphus Lotus and Zilla macropteris; whereas succulent plants are rare.
The larvae that live underground have spiny dorsal plates, while those of the Silpha (fig.
Several of them, such as Echinomys and Loncheres, are rat-like creatures with spiny or bristly fur (see Rodentia) .
That they are essential is evident from the circumstance that the African spiny squirrels Xerus (see SPINY SQUIRREL) come between Sciurus and some of the other African genera.
In Xerus itself, which is represented by the terrestrial African spiny squirrels, the ears are short, there are only two teats, and flat spines are mingled with the fur; while the skull, and more especially the frontals, is elongated, with a very short post-orbital process, and the crowns of the molars are taller than usual (see Spiny Squirrel).
They may assume a hard and spiny character, as in Robinia Pseudacacia (fig.
Jack-fruit or durian, the tough spiny hide of which is torn open with their strong fingers, forms the chief food of orang-utans, which also consume the luscious mangustin and other fruits.
The name scaly anteater is applied to the pangolin; the banded anteater (Myrmecobius fasciatus) is a marsupial, and the spiny anteater (Echidna) is one of the monotremes (see Marsupialia and Monotremata).
Some 320 species of fern have been collected, and there are large numbers of spiny and prickly plants, as well as numerous grasses, reeds and rushes, many of them of great service in the native manufactures of mats, hats, baskets, &c.
Berberis, dwarf gorse and other spiny shrubs are useful to deter access.
Thirty minutes up the road was the most amazing habitat I have ever walked through: spiny forest.
The spiny branches are covered with yellow flowers in May - June 2ft.
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It 's best to trim off a few of the very spiny leaves from the stems, to make them easier to handle.
In between we got troubled by " Spiny Normans ".
Spiny ash grey stems rises from rhizomatous root system.
Aralia Chinesis - A hardy shrub, with very large, much-divided, spiny leaves, resembling those of the Angelica Tree of N.
Silene Pumilio - Like our Cushion Pink in its dwarf, firm tufts of shining green leaves, though these are a little more fleshy and not so spiny.
They have spiny branches with a few minute leaves.
It has large spiny leaves very much like some Barberries, the flowers bright coral-red, hanging in clusters on slender stalks, and borne for several weeks in summer.
Erinacea Pungens - A dwarf, much-branched shrub, forming foot-high cushions of spiny branches, and producing in May and June pea-shaped flowers of an exquisite blue shade.
The flowers are like those of Statice, the plants forming cushion-like tufts; the leaves rigid and spiny.
It is distinct from the spiny O. campestris, which has stems nearly 2 feet high, and sometimes more.
Anthyllis Erinacea - a singular-looking, much-branched, tufty, spiny, almost leafless shrub, about 1 foot high, with purplish flowers.
It differs from A. glandulosa chiefly in its spiny bark and in the red midribs of its leaves.
China, with large heart-shaped or nearly triangular bronze-green leaves set upon spiny stems, by means of which the plant climbs.
Whorl-flower (Morina) - M. longifolia is a handsome and singular perennial, with large spiny leaves, resembling those of certain Thistles, and with long spikes of whorled flowers, 2 to 3 feet high.
Wild Irishman (Discaria) - Spiny shrubs allied to Colletia an Ceanothus, and only hardy in the open in the more favoured parts of the south and south-west, though thriving against walls near London and farther north.
They change shape from round to spiny, "sticking" to the broken vessel wall and to each other to begin the clotting process.
The rock lobster, also known as spiny lobsters or langoustes, do not have claws.
Commander Nero states the spiky, spiny massive ship he runs once was a mining ship, not intended for war.
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