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Excerpt from An Introduction to Botany
I have begun with what is called organography (book I or an explanation of the exact structure of plants; abranch of the subject which comprehends all that relates either to the various forms of tissue of which vegetables are constructed, or to the external appearance their elementary organs assume in a state of combination. It is exceedingly desirable that these topics should be well understood, because they form the basis of all other parts of the science. In physiology, every function is executed through the agency of the organs: systematic arrangements de pend upon characters arising out of their consider ation; and descriptive Botany can have no logical precision without the principles of Organography are first exactly settled. A difference of Opinion exists among the most distinguished botanists, upon some points connected with this subject, so that it has been found expedient to enter occasionally'into much detail, for the purpose of' satisfying the student of' the accuracy of' the facts and reasonings upon which he is expected to rely.
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