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Strychnos potatorum, Willd. (Clearing nut)

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Watercolour on paper. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In 'Flora Indica', Roxburgh notes that this species is found exclusively in the '...mountains and woods of great extent', where it flowers during the hot season. Inscribed 'Received from Rodney 9th June 1791', in an unknown hand, referring to the East India Company ship which delivered the drawings to London. The plant is rubbed inside water-vessels, it causes precipitation of impurities in cloudy water, also used as a medicine and timber source.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654465

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Unknown

Filename: ROX00001351.jpg

Image Size: 3329 x 4824 Pixels

Filesize is 8.46MB

Version 2 is 5.07MB

Associated Categories: Botanical Art

Associated Categories: Botanical illustrations

Associated Categories: William Roxburgh

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