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Urania speciosa Willd. (Ravenala madagascariensis, 'Traveller's

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Watercolour on paper, undated (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In 'Flora Indica' Roxburgh recalls 'In 1802 three plants of this elegant tree were brought from the Island of Mauritius by Capt. Tennant to the Botanic Garden at Calcutta. They were planted in different soils, and situations. That which was in a very moist place, and in a rich brownish black soil, throve more luxuriantly than the other two, though in a soil equally rich but lighter coloured, much higher and drier.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654475

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Unknown

Filename: ROX00002125.jpg

Image Size: 3420 x 5165 Pixels

Filesize is 9.52MB

Version 2 is 4.69MB

Associated Categories: Botanical Art

Associated Categories: Botanical illustrations

Associated Categories: William Roxburgh

Keywords: 19th century, blue, botanical art, brown, east india company, food, india, strelitziaceae, william roxburgh collection