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Choose from 48 images in our Cacti and Succulents collection.


Aloe mitriformis, 1810 Featured Cacti and Succulents Image

Aloe mitriformis, 1810

Original illustration of Aloe mitriformis, from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1270, 1st March 1810. The currently accepted plant name is Aloe perfoliata, and is commonly known as mitre aloe. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Native of the Cape of Good Hope. This drawing was made at Salisbury's Botanic Garden in Sloane Square.
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

Leuenbergeria bleo, 1836 Featured Cacti and Succulents Image

Leuenbergeria bleo, 1836

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper by William Jackson Hooker, 1836. Current accepted plant name is Leuenbergeria bleo, commonly known as rose cactus or leaf cactus. Artwork from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, volume 63, plate 3478.
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

Cactus indicus, ca 18th century Featured Cacti and Succulents Image

Cactus indicus, ca 18th century

Watercolour on paper, ca late 18th century. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh.
Roxburgh noted in his Flora Indica that this cactus was common around Calcutta, and concluded there is every reason to imagine it is a native of these countries. These plants were probably introduced to India from the West Indies as early as the late 15th Century, initially for their fruit, and later for the dye made from cochineal insects (Dactylopius coccus) which infect these plants. The drawing includes studies of these insects, the winged male can be seen far right, the female with her protective white covering in several stages on the left. It is likely that there are actually three plant species represented on this drawing. Fig.1 is possibly Opuntia stricta/dillenii, Fig.2 Nopalea cochenillifera, and Fig.3 Opuntia tuna

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