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Livistona chinensis, ca 18th century
Livistona chinensis, ca 18th century
Cinera cum flore
Cinera cum flore
Foliage, Flowers, and Seed-vessels of a rare West Australian Shrub, 1880
Foliage, Flowers, and Seed-vessels of a rare West Australian Shrub, 1880
Iris bulbosa latifolia, 1757
Iris bulbosa latifolia, 1757
Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Aloe mitriformis, 1810
Aloe mitriformis, 1810
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Rhododendron Dalhousiae (frontispiece), 1849
Rhododendron Dalhousiae (frontispiece), 1849
Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings, 1862
Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings, 1862
Lilium henryi, 1891
Lilium henryi, 1891
Allium giganteum, 1885
Allium giganteum, 1885
Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897
Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897
Aloe mitriformis, 1810 Featured Image

Aloe mitriformis, 1810

Original illustration of Aloe mitriformis, from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1270, 1st March 1810. The currently accepted plant name is Aloe perfoliata, and is commonly known as mitre aloe. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Native of the Cape of Good Hope. This drawing was made at Salisbury's Botanic Garden in Sloane Square.
Curtis's Botanical Magazine is the longest running botanical periodical featuring colour illustrations of plants and has been published continuously since 1787

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Dendrobium kingianum, 1834-1849
Dendrobium kingianum, 1834-1849
Roses (Rosa multiflora or Rosa polyantha), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Roses (Rosa multiflora or Rosa polyantha), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Poppy (Papaver), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Poppy (Papaver), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Ficus carica
Ficus carica
Victoria amazonica
Victoria amazonica
Fructus artischochi
Fructus artischochi
Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank
Vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank
Vanilla planifolia as Epidendrum vanille
Vanilla planifolia as Epidendrum vanille
Buddleia colvilei, Smith M
Buddleia colvilei, Smith M
Buddleia crispa, Fitch W
Buddleia crispa, Fitch W
Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum Featured Image

Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum

Illustration of the germinating nut, a snake twined around one of the trees and also a drawing of the cross section of the nut. The illustration includes hand written notes by Gordon on different aspects of the plant.
Major Charles George Gordon, (Charley Gordon and later Chinese Gordon') was one of the most celebrated soldiers and diplomats of the Victorian era. A somewhat eccentric character, Gladstone described him as a hero, and a "hero of heroes". His violent death at Khartoum was commemorated by George William Joy's painting General Gordon's Last Stand (1885). Sir Joseph Hooker enlisted Gordon's services in the collection of plants while Charles was appointed Governor of the Egyptian Equatorial Provinces. In 1881, Gordon went as Commanding Royal Engineer to Mauritius, and while visiting the Seychelles became interested in the Coco-de-mer. Specimens of both this tree and the breadfruit tree were sent by Gordon to Kew. In 1882 Gordon also sent an illustrated letter to Kew outlining the possibility of the Seychelles being the site of the Biblical Garden of Eden, also suggesting that the breadfruit tree was the Tree of Life and the Coc-de-Mer the Tree of Knowledge

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793
Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793
Stapelia reticulata, 1814
Stapelia reticulata, 1814
Hoodia bainii, 1878
Hoodia bainii, 1878
Stapelia olivacea, 1876
Stapelia olivacea, 1876
Ramalina sp, 1789
Ramalina sp, 1789
Lactarius deliciosus, Tafein 6, 1831–1846
Lactarius deliciosus, Tafein 6, 1831–1846
Tafeln 4, 1831-1846
Tafeln 4, 1831-1846
Stropharia aeruginosa, 1795-1815
Stropharia aeruginosa, 1795-1815
Tafein 6, 1831-1846
Tafein 6, 1831-1846
Pholiota squarrosa, 1795-1815
Pholiota squarrosa, 1795-1815
Myriostoma coliforme, 1795-1815
Myriostoma coliforme, 1795-1815
Peziza vesiculosa, 1795-1815
Peziza vesiculosa, 1795-1815
Stapelia reticulata, 1814 Featured Image

Stapelia reticulata, 1814

Original illustration of Stapelia reticulata, currently accepted as Huernia reticulata, commonly known as netted-flowered stapelia, from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1662, 1st August 1814. Watercolour and pencil on paper. In 1814, this species could be found in the hollows of rocks, near North Olifant's River, South Africa.
Curtis's Botanical Magazine is the longest running botanical periodical featuring colour illustrations of plants and has been published continuously since 1787

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Hydnoporia tabacina, 1795–1815
Hydnoporia tabacina, 1795–1815
Crucibulum laeve, 1795–1815
Crucibulum laeve, 1795–1815
Laccaria amethystina, 1795–1815
Laccaria amethystina, 1795–1815
Calvatia gigantea, c.1915–1945
Calvatia gigantea, c.1915–1945
Boletus edulis, c.1915–1945
Boletus edulis, c.1915–1945
Coprinopsis atramentaria, c.1915–1945
Coprinopsis atramentaria, c.1915–1945
Lactarius deliciosus, c.1915-1945
Lactarius deliciosus, c.1915-1945
Clitocybe nebularis, c.1915–1945
Clitocybe nebularis, c.1915–1945
Chlorophyllum rhacodes, c.1915–1945
Chlorophyllum rhacodes, c.1915–1945
Calocybe gambosa, c.1915–1945
Calocybe gambosa, c.1915–1945
Amanita rubescens, c.1915–1945
Amanita rubescens, c.1915–1945
Inosperma erubescens, c.1915-1945
Inosperma erubescens, c.1915-1945