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729. A selection of West Australian Flowers Featured Image

729. A selection of West Australian Flowers

The bluish green plant in the lower left corner is the Salt Bush, apparently a species of A triplex, which covers thousands of miles of barren country, and will keep the sheep alive the first two years, until it is replaced by grass. Above are the sh


Art, Artist, Bluish Green, Lambertia Echinata, Leaves, Marianne North, Painting, West Australian Flowers, Yellow Flowers

435. Protea and Golden-breasted Cuckoo, of South Africa Featured Image

435. Protea and Golden-breasted Cuckoo, of South Africa

This magnificent Protea (P. speciosa, Linn.) grows about as tall as a man, and is remarkable alike for its thick, red-margined leaves, and its elegantly fringed bracts. Over a century ago (1786) Masson sent seeds of it to Kew, and the first plant flo


Art, Artist, Birds, Cuckoo, Flowers, Golden Breasted, Leaves, Marianne North, Painting, Protea, Purple, South Africa

Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree) Featured Image

Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)

Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In his Flora indica Roxburgh describes this plant as a tree which is very scarce in India, and probably not a native of Asia'. Roxburgh tells that in the Botanic Garden of Calcutta, where this tree blossoms in May and June, and ripens its seed in the cool season, there is a 25 years old plant of Adansonia digitata, with an irregular, short and sub-conical trunk, which is 18 feet in circumference. In a letter sent to Roxburgh the 2nd of July 1802, from Mantolle, in Sri Lanka, General Hay Macdowell notes: In my walk last night on the ruins of this once rich and extensive city, called by the natives Mande or Maddoo-ooltum, I chanced to observe a tree whose prodigious magnitude induced me to measure it...fifty feet in circumference, above six feet from the ground, the natives call it Peerig, and from what I have been able to collect, it is not indigenous here

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