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Epidendrum vitellinum, 1838 Featured Botanical Art Image

Epidendrum vitellinum, 1838

Watercolour on paper. Original drawing for plate XLV in John Lindley's Sertum orchidaceum: a wreath of the most beautiful orchidaceous flowers; selected by John Lindley, published in 1838. Illustration shows part monochromatic, part colour study of leaves and flowers, with lichen growing on aerial roots. According to Lindley, the drawing was made from specimens gathered by Mr Hartweg on the Cumbre of Totontepeque, at 9000 feet above the level of the sea

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Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton) Featured Botanical Art Image

Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)

Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. In his Flora indica Roxburgh mentions that this species and its varieties Dacca, Berar and China, are the most cultivated by the natives in India. Roxburgh reports "'G. herbaceum is in general cultivated all over Bengal and Coromandel. It is reared about Dacca, and furnishes that exceedingly fine cotton wool employed in manufacturing the very delicate, beautiful muslins of that place."

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Erythrina indica, Willd Featured Botanical Art Image

Erythrina indica, Willd

Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In his Flora Indica, Roxburgh describes this species as an armed tree, common over India and the Islands'. It flowers in March and April, and ripens its seed in June and July. Roxburgh also mentions that the Malays usually employed this tree to support the black pepper vine, and in this case they call it Chinkereen. The drawing has been inscribed by Roxburgh in pencil This side....['], the racemes being always horizontal, possibly referring to which way up the drawing should be viewed

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew