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Watercolour on paper. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In his Flora Indica, Roxburgh describes this species as one of the most common plants in every part of India. It flowers at the end of the rains. Roxburgh also notes that the seeds of this species are often used as weights by jewellers, and that the sweet and mucilaginous root is employed as a substitute for liquorice. He then briefly describes three different varieties of this plant

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654431

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Unknown

Filename: ROX00000494.jpg

Image Size: 3544 x 5032 Pixels

Filesize is 8.66MB

Version 2 is 4.06MB

Associated Galleries: William Roxburgh

Keywords: 19th century, botanical art, east india company, food, india, legume, leguminosae, pink, s eed, useful plants, william roxburgh collection