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Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)

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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 his 'Flora indica', Roxburgh describes this species as a bi-triennial. He also 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." He finally tells how the three main varieties [Dacca, Berar and China] differ from each other. Inscription by Sir George Watt (1855-1930) on drawing reads 'A form of G. neglectum Tod.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654419

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Unknown

Filename: ROX00000171.jpg

Image Size: 3352 x 4000 Pixels

Filesize is 7.58MB

Version 2 is 3.91MB

Associated Categories: Botanical Art

Associated Categories: Botanical illustrations

Associated Categories: William Roxburgh

Keywords: 19th century, botanical art, east india company, economic botany, india, malvaceae, useful plants, william roxburgh collection, yellow