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Botanicals Collection

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Livistona chinensis, ca 18th century

Livistona chinensis, ca 18th century
Watercolour of Livistona chinensis, commonly known as Chinese fan or fountain palm, by unknown Asian artist, Company Art, Kew Collection, 18th century

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Fructus artischochi, 1613

Fructus artischochi, 1613
Illustration of Fructus artischochi, currently accepted as Cynara cardunculus, commonly known as artichoke. Artwork from Hortus Eystettensis by Basilius Besler, 1613, volume 2

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Punica granatum, L. (Common Pomegranate), 1817

Punica granatum, L. (Common Pomegranate), 1817
Original illustration of Punica granatum, commonly known as pomegranate, on watercolour and pencil on paper, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1832B, 1st July 1817

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Zingiber officinale, 1887

Zingiber officinale, 1887
Zingiber officinale, commonly known as ginger, from Köhler's Medizinal Pflanzen by Franz Eugen Köhler, 1887, volume 2, plate 202

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Foliage, Flowers, and Seed-vessels of a rare West Australian Shrub, 1880

Foliage, Flowers, and Seed-vessels of a rare West Australian Shrub, 1880
Foliage, Flowers, and Seed-vessels of a rare West Australian Shrub by Marianne North, 1880. Painting number 751

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793

Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Watercolour and pencil on paper by Francis Masson, 1793. Field sketch made by Masson in the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Iris bulbosa latifolia, 1757

Iris bulbosa latifolia, 1757
Gouache painting on vellum of Iris latifolia with a moth by Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770), signed and dated 1757. The painting is from the Tankerville Collection, purchased 1934

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Aloe mitriformis, 1810

Aloe mitriformis, 1810
Original illustration of Aloe mitriformis, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1270, 1st March 1810. The currently accepted plant name is Aloe perfoliata

Background imageBotanicals Collection: 705. Palmyra Palms in Flood-time

705. Palmyra Palms in Flood-time
Illustration of Borassus flabellifer, commonly known as Palmyra palm by Marianne North from Marianne North Collection, Kew, 1870

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings, 1862

Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings, 1862
Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings by Walter Hood Fitch, from J. E. Howard, Illustrations of the Nueva Quinologia of Pavon, 1862

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Galanthus nivalis, 1832-1833

Galanthus nivalis, 1832-1833
Illustration of Galanthus nivalis commonly known as snowdrop, milk flower or candlemass bells, 1832-1833. Artwork from Flora Regni Borussici by Albert Gottfried Dietrich, volume 1, plate 32

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897

Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897
Illustration of Dracula chimaera by John Nugent Fitch from The Orchid Album, Comprising Coloured Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare, and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants, 1882- 1897; t. 203

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Lodoicea maldivica

Lodoicea maldivica, commonly known as coco de mer or double coconut by William Jackson Hooker from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, 1827. Artwork from volume 54, plate 2734

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Rhododendron Dalhousiae (frontispiece), 1849

Rhododendron Dalhousiae (frontispiece), 1849
Frontispiece of a Rhododendron dalhousieae Hook. f. in its native locality, 1849

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Elettaria cardamomum, 1887

Elettaria cardamomum, 1887
Illustration of Elettaria cardamomum, commonly known as cardamom, from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, 1887, volume 1, plate 74

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793

Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793
Watercolour on paper of Mesembryanthemum digitatum by Francis Masson, 1772-1793. The inscription mentions Dactylopsis digitata which is an old synonym the current accepted plant name

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Stapelia reticulata, 1814

Stapelia reticulata, 1814
Original illustration of Stapelia reticulata, currently accepted as Huernia reticulata, commonly known as netted-flowered stapelia, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1662

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Hoodia bainii, 1878

Hoodia bainii, 1878
Original illustration of Hoodia bainii, currently accepted as Hoodia gordonii, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 6348, 1st March 1878. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Dendrobium kingianum, 1834-1849

Dendrobium kingianum, 1834-1849
Illustration of Dendrobium kingianum engraved by Samuel Holden from Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants by Joseph Paxton, vol 12, 1834-1849

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Cypripedium reginae (Showy orchid), 1876

Cypripedium reginae (Showy orchid), 1876
Watercolour illustration of Cypripedium reginae (Showy orchid) by John Day, 12 June 1876. Artwork from John Days Scrapbook, volume 19, page 57

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Puya chilensis (Chilli), 1880s

Puya chilensis (Chilli), 1880s
Puya chilensis (Chilli) by Marianne North, 1880s. Medium: Oil on board. Dimensions: H 90.4 x W 20.4 cm

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid
Photograph of Ophrys apifera at Kew Gardens, commonly known as bee orchid, June 2010

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Angraecum sesquipedale, 1870

Angraecum sesquipedale, 1870
Angraecum sesquipedale by John Day, 30 November, 1870. Artwork from John Day's Scrapbook volume 16, page 39

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Coelogyne cristata, 1877

Coelogyne cristata, 1877
Watercolour illustration of Coelogyne cristata by John Day, 19 January 1877. Artwork from John Days Scrapbook, volume 20, page 69

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Theobroma cacao, 1887

Theobroma cacao, 1887
Chromolithograph print on paper of Theobroma cacao, showing cocoa pod and beans, from Kohler's Medicinal Plants, vol 2, plate 183, 1887

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Capsicum annuum, 1887

Capsicum annuum, 1887
Illustration of Capsicum annuum, commonly known as peppers, from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, 1887, volume 2, plate 35

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Coriandrum sativum, 1887

Coriandrum sativum, 1887
Illustration of Coriandrum sativum, commonly known as coriander, from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen by Franz Eugen Köhler, 1887, volume 1, plate 45

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Vanilla planifolia, 1805-1846

Vanilla planifolia, 1805-1846
Illustration of Vanilla planifolia from Getreue Darstellung und Beschreibung Der in Der Arzneykunde Gebr├ñuchlichen Gew├ñchse : Wie Auch Aolcher, Welche mit Inhen Verwechselt Werden K├Ânnen

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Stapelia olivacea, 1876

Stapelia olivacea, 1876
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 6212, 1st February, 1876. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Sent to Kew by H.E

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Amanita muscaria, c. 1915-45

Amanita muscaria, c. 1915-45
Illustration of Amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly agaric by Elsie M. Wakefield from the Kew Collection, c.1915-1945

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Schlumbergera truncata, 1866

Schlumbergera truncata, 1866
Illustration of Schlumbergera truncata, commonly known as Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, holiday cactus, 1866. Artwork from La Belgique Horticole by Edouard Morren, volume 16, plate 257

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Zygopetalum mackayi, 1882-1897

Zygopetalum mackayi, 1882-1897
Illustration of Zygopetalum mackayi from The Orchid Album, Comprising Coloured Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare, and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants by Robert Warner and Benjamin Samuel Williams

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Vanda coerulea (Blue vanda), 1862

Vanda coerulea (Blue vanda), 1862
Illustration of Vanda coerulea by Walter Hood Fitch, 1862. Artwork from Select Orchidaceous Plants by Robert Warner, 1862; t. 18

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Rhynchostylis retusa (Foxtail orchid), 1885-1906

Rhynchostylis retusa (Foxtail orchid), 1885-1906
Illustration of Rhynchostylis retusa by Pieter de Pannemaeker. Artwork from Lindenia: Iconographie des Orchid├®es, 1885-1906; volume 15, plate 691

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Psychopsis kramerianum (Butterfly orchid), 1845-1883

Psychopsis kramerianum (Butterfly orchid), 1845-1883
Illustration of Psychopsis kramerianum (Butterfly orchid), 1845-1883. Artwork from Flore des Serres et des Jardin de l Europe by Louis Van Houtte, volume 19; p. 40-41

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Prosthechea cochleata (aka. Cockleshell orchid, black orchid, clamshell orchid, octopus orchid)

Prosthechea cochleata (aka. Cockleshell orchid, black orchid, clamshell orchid, octopus orchid), 1802-1816
Illustration of Prosthechea cochleata by Pierre Joseph Redout├®, 1802-1816. Artwork from Les Liliac├®es, volume 6, plate 346

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Phalaenopsis schilleriana, 1864

Phalaenopsis schilleriana, 1864
Watercolour illustration of Phalaenopsis schilleriana by John Day, 9 March 1864. Artwork from John Days Scrapbook, volume 7, page 58

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Ophrys apifera (Bee orchid), 1886

Ophrys apifera (Bee orchid), 1886
Illustration of Ophrys apifera from Flora von Deutschland : Österreich und der Schweiz in Wort und Bild für Schule und Haus, 1886. Artwork from volume 1, plate 148

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Cymbidium lowianum, 1882-1897

Cymbidium lowianum, 1882-1897
Illustration of Cymbidium lowianum from The Orchid Album, Comprising Coloured Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare, and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants by Robert Warner, 1882-1897; t. 471

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Tuber melanosporum, 1847-1855

Tuber melanosporum, 1847-1855
Illustration of Tuber melanosporum, also known as truffle, from Illustrations of British Mycology by Anna Maria Hussey, 1847-1855

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Ribes rubrum, Ribes nigrum, 1867

Ribes rubrum, Ribes nigrum, 1867
Illustration of Ribes rubrum and Ribes nigrum, commonly known as redcurrant and blackcurrant, from Gartenflora, volume 16, plate 562, 1867

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Punica granatum, 1791

Punica granatum, 1791
Illustration of Punica granatum, commonly known as pomegranate, from Icones Plantarum Medicinalium by Joseph Jacob Ritter von Plenck, 1791. Illustration from volume 4, plate 376

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Prunus domestica, 1820

Prunus domestica, 1820
Illustration of Prunus domestica, commonly known as plum or European plum from Europas Medicinische Flora by Alois Sterler and Johann Nepomuck Mayerhoffer, 1820

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Feijoa sellowiana, 1898

Feijoa sellowiana, 1898
Illustration of Feijoa sellowiana commonly known as pineapple guava or feijoa, by Matilda Smith, 1898. Artwork from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, volume 124, plate 7620

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Passiflora edulis, 1818

Passiflora edulis, 1818
Illustration of Passiflora edulis, commonly known as passion fruit or purple granadilla, 1818. Artwork from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, volume 45, plate 1989

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Citrus x limon, 1846

Citrus x limon, 1846
Illustration of Citrus x limon, commonly known as lemon, from Pomologie Francaise vol 2 by Antoine Poiteau, 1846

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Vitis vinifera, 1846

Vitis vinifera, 1846
Illustration of Vitis vinifera, commonly known as grape vine or cultivated grape, from Pomologie Francaise by Antoine Poiteau, 1846

Background imageBotanicals Collection: Vaccinium macrocarpon, 1871

Vaccinium macrocarpon, 1871
Illustration of Vaccinium macrocarpon, commonly known as cranberry or American cranberry from Gartenflora by Eduard von Regel, 1871




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