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Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree) Featured Botanical Art Image

Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)

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 plant as a tree which is very scarce in India, and 'probably not a native of Asia'. Roxburgh tells that in the Botanic Garden of Calcutta, where this tree blossoms in May and June, and ripens its seed in the cool season, there is a 25 years old plant of 'Adansonia digitata', with an irregular, short and sub-conical trunk, which is 18 feet in circumference. In a letter sent to Roxburgh the 2nd of July 1802, from Mantolle, in Sri Lanka, General Hay Macdowell notes: 'In my walk last night on the ruins of this once rich and extensive city, called by the natives Mande or Maddoo-ooltum, I chanced to observe a tree whose prodigious magnitude induced me to measure it...fifty feet in circumference, above six feet from the ground, the natives call it Peerig, and from what I have been able to collect, it is not indigenous here.'

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

Milla uniflora, 1834 Featured Botanical Art Image

Milla uniflora, 1834

Current accepted plant name is Ipheion uniflorum, commonly known as Tristagma uniflorum, spring starflower or springstar. Hand-coloured lithograph on paper by James MacNab, 1834. Artwork from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, volume 61, plate 3327. Curtis's Botanical Magazine is the longest running botanical periodical featuring colour illustrations of plants and has been published continuously since 1787

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

Gladiolus papilio, 1866 Featured Botanical Art Image

Gladiolus papilio, 1866

Artwork from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, volume 92, plate 5565. This is a Cape species and was received at Kew, in 1861, from D. Arnot of Colesberg. It has also been found by W. Wilson Saunder's collector, Cooper, from whom roots were communicated by Mr Saunders. Curtis's Botanical Magazine is the longest running botanical periodical featuring colour illustrations of plants and has been published continuously since 1787

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