In the open parts therewere many grass-trees,--a plant which, in appearance, has someaffinity with the palm; but, instead of being surmounted by a crownof noble fronds, it can boast merely of a tuft of very coarsegrass-like leaves. Withrespect to its source, I do not doubt that this is the case; forthe Gauchos assured me, that in the middle of the dry summer thisstream, at the same time with the Colorado, has periodical floods,which can only originate in the snow melting on the Andes. Cudico is an intermediate district between theforest and the Llanos. We sailed on till it was dark, and then pitched our tents in aquiet creek. Even inthe upper and damp region I procured very few, excepting someminute Diptera and Hymenoptera, mostly of common mundane forms. Thefew dull-coloured birds cared no more for me than they did for thegreat tortoises. Lyell haslately brought from the United States a tooth of a horse; and it isan interesting fact, that Professor Owen could find in no species,either fossil or recent, a slight but peculiar curvaturecharacterising it, until he thought of comparing it with myspecimen found here: he has named this American horse Equuscurvidens. The duty of the women is to load and unload the horses; to make thetents for the night; in short to be, like the wives of all savages,useful slaves. A dull heavy bank of clouds constantly hungover the land, so that during the first sixteen days I had only oneview of the Cordillera behind Lima. At the distance of a little more than one hour's marchfrom their place of encampment on the previous night, his partyactually killed at one spot eight hippopotamuses, and saw manymore. It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner todiscover what is most interesting in any locality, than they arehurried from it; but I ought, perhaps, to be thankful that Iobtained sufficient materials to establish this most remarkablefact in the distribution of organic beings. Some leagues below Rozario, the western shore of the Parana isbounded by perpendicular cliffs, which extend in a long line tobelow San Nicolas; hence it more resembles a sea-coast than that ofa fresh-water river. )No state in South America, since
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