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Clitoria ternatea, L Featured Botanical Art Image

Clitoria ternatea, L

Original illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1542, 1st April 1813. Watercolour and pencil on paper. According to Curtis's Botanical Magazine this species is a native of the East Indies & of Cochin-China as well as Egypt. Apparently the seeds were first brought to Europe from Ternate, one of the Moluccan Islands. This specimen was communicated by Mr Anderson, from the collection of James Vere, Esq. at Kensington Gore, in July 1812

© RBG KEW

Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus) Featured Botanical Art Image

Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus)

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 tells of his familiarity with two sorts of this plant from the coast of Coromandel, one with rose-coloured flowers, the other with white ones, and with a third variety brought from China, with smaller rosy flowers. He describes how they grow in such sweet water lakes and how, on the coast they flower all year. In Bengal they flower during the hot season, April, May and June. Roxburgh writes also about the radical joints which, in old plant, are swelled into tubulosities of various size, ...from them issue many fungous fibres, and from the upper part and the interior part of these tubulosities issue one, two, or more leaves and flowers...'. Roxburgh then reports that the tender shoots of the roots are eaten by the natives, boiled or in their curries. The seeds are eaten raw, roasted and boiled. The natives also use the leaves as plates from where to eat. This beautiful plant, known with their Sanscrit name Padma, is considered holy and often used in religious ceremonies. The specimen here figured is the pink variety

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

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