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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 writes: 'Under the above definition I mean to comprehend the various varieties, if not species, of the sour lemons or limes found in India, and as the petioles are very generally winged I think it necessary to separate them from the lemons and citrons which have not that mark, or have it in a very trifling degree.' Roxburgh then describes nine different varieties which he has studied in Bengal, '...the whole being cultivated under my own eye, in the Botanic garden [Calcutta], and are arranged according to the estimation in which they are held by both natives and Europeans.' These varieties are: 1) Pati-Leboo, or Neboo; 2) Kaguji-Neboo; 3) Gora-Neboo; 4) China-gora-Neboo; 5) Camaral-Neboo; 6) Rungpore Lime; 7) Taba-Neboo; 8) Arabian Lime from Muscat; 9) Meetha Lemoo

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654427

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Unknown

Filename: ROX00000332.jpg

Image Size: 3568 x 5192 Pixels

Filesize is 9.61MB

Version 2 is 4.57MB

Associated Categories: Botanical Art

Associated Categories: Botanical illustrations

Associated Categories: William Roxburgh

Keywords: 19th century, botanical art, east india company, food, fruit, india, william roxburgh collection, yellow