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Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. In Flora Indica, Roxburgh reports that this species is "a native of the Malay Peninsula, and of the Islands to the eastward of the Bay of Bengal, where they often grow to be trees of a large size... it is in flower and fruit a great part of the year". Later he adds: "From the earliest accounts we have of this charming tree and its delicious fruit; we learn that all the innumerable attempts hitherto made to familiarize it to other countries, besides those in which it is placed by nature, have uniformly proved unsuccessful. For these thirty-five years past I have laboured in vain to make it grow and be fruitful on the continent of India. The plant has uniformly become sickly when removed to the north or west of the Bay of Bengal, and rarely rises beyond the height of two or three feet before it perishes."

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654416

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Unknown

Filename: ROX00000145.jpg

Image Size: 3576 x 5256 Pixels

Filesize is 12.35MB

Version 2 is 5.85MB

Associated Categories: Botanical Art

Associated Categories: William Roxburgh

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