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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Vasculum,-i (s.n.II), abl.sg. vasculo: “a pitcher-shaped leaf. Also a case in which botanists place their freshly-gathered specimens, when on a journey” (Lindley); a small container or vessel; classically, the seed capsule of some plants; a botanist's case for carrying specimens as they are collected; in mycology, the ascidium (Jackson) [> L. vasculum,-i (s.n.II), ‘a small vessel;’ dim. vas, gen.sg. vasis, s.n.III)];

- vascula (pl.n.II) dulciaria (adj.A), a container for holding sweets, such as a cookie-jar.

- [fungus] nos saltem hujusmodi cirrhulos, resumto post nocturnam quietem examine, juxta ora semipatula, per effluxum procul dubio, recubantes conspeximus eorumdem speciminum, quae vespera praecedente vasculo suo semi-emerso coronata animadverteramus (S&A), we ourselves, at least, had noticed cirrhuli of this kind, by an examination taken up again after the nightly stillness, beside the half-spread openings, [due to an efflux [i.e. an outflowing], beyond doubt, we had observed them lying on the back of the same specimens, which we had observed on the preceding evening, crowned with their own semi-emersed vasculum [i.e. seed-capsule].

NOTE: cf. Proc. Bot. Soc. Brit. Isles, 3: 135-150 (1959); Stearn 1983).

NOTE: the collecting box or collecting receptacle may have been made of tin: capsula,-ae (s.f.I) stannea:

- [fungi] in capsulis stanneis nostris ad fungos putridos abunde pronatum vidimus medio Septembri (S&A), we have seen it inclined to grow abundantly in our tin boxes [perhaps the vasculum, or collecting tin] on decayed fungi in the middle of September.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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