stories and hung in baskets, and the rooms are neither sprinkled nor is any water at all brought into them.
In the rest the presence of an addition is also plain7.3to the eye,a the seeds of cereals even becoming (as it were) milky when the plants come out. This presence of food is also (one might say) admitted in the case of animals,b for here too we must not suppose that all the ejaculatory seed is pure and unmixed.
As for the woody and kernel-like enclosures of certain seeds, we must take them to be present for protection, as in the case of leathery and membranous seeds too;c for all these are for the preservation of the starting-point, since in all seeds it is potentially fluid.Food in Other Generative Parts
In some plants (as we said)d even the roots and7.4branches and wood and stalks possess on removal the
- aIt had been inferred (cf. CP 1 7.1–2) from the parallel with eggs, and from germination and growth in storage.
- bCf. Aristotle, On the Generation of Animals, ii. 4 (740 b 5–8): “Or is not the answer this? That it is not true that all the food comes from without; instead some is present initially, and just as in the seeds of plants something of the sort is present which first appears as something milky, so in the matter of animals what is left over from the formation of the animal is food.”
- cFor leathery and woody envelopes and kernels cf. HP 1 11. 3; for a leathery membrane cf. HP 1 11. 5.
- dCP 1 3. 1–1 4. 6.