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Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
The Blue Puya and Cactus at home in the Cordilleras by Marianne North
The Blue Puya and Cactus at home in the Cordilleras by Marianne North
Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Nursery at the Millennium Seed Bank
Nursery at the Millennium Seed Bank
Carnegiea gigantea, 1854
Carnegiea gigantea, 1854
Consolea moniliformis, 1821
Consolea moniliformis, 1821
Pelecyphora aselliformis, 1873
Pelecyphora aselliformis, 1873
Carnegiea gigantea, 1878
Carnegiea gigantea, 1878
Carnegiea gigantea, 1862-1865
Carnegiea gigantea, 1862-1865
Echinocereus cinerascens, 1848
Echinocereus cinerascens, 1848
Mammillaria laui subs dasyacantha
Mammillaria laui subs dasyacantha
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century Featured Image

Cactus indicus, ca 18th century

Watercolour on paper, ca late 18th century. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh.
Roxburgh noted in his Flora Indica that this cactus was common around Calcutta, and concluded there is every reason to imagine it is a native of these countries. These plants were probably introduced to India from the West Indies as early as the late 15th Century, initially for their fruit, and later for the dye made from cochineal insects (Dactylopius coccus) which infect these plants. The drawing includes studies of these insects, the winged male can be seen far right, the female with her protective white covering in several stages on the left. It is likely that there are actually three plant species represented on this drawing. Fig.1 is possibly Opuntia stricta/dillenii, Fig.2 Nopalea cochenillifera, and Fig.3 Opuntia tuna

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

Watering cacti, RBG Kew
Watering cacti, RBG Kew
Desert plants
Desert plants
Melocactus matanzanus
Melocactus matanzanus
Carnegiea gigantea
Carnegiea gigantea
Cleistocactus baumannii
Cleistocactus baumannii
Pilosocereus piauhyensis
Pilosocereus piauhyensis
Parodia mueller-melchersii
Parodia mueller-melchersii
Mammillaria mystax
Mammillaria mystax
Echinopsis spiniflora
Echinopsis spiniflora
Echinocereus pamanesiorum
Echinocereus pamanesiorum
Echinopsis oxygona
Echinopsis oxygona
Echinocereus klapperi
Echinocereus klapperi
Melocactus matanzanus Featured Image

Melocactus matanzanus

Melocactus matanzanus (Dwarf Turk's cap cactus or Turk's cap cactus). Family: Cactaceae

© RBG KEW

Brown, Cactaceae, Cacti, Cactus, Dwarf, Melocactus Matanzanus, Plant Portrait, Rbg Kew, Red, Turks Ca

Echinopsis huascha
Echinopsis huascha
Echinocereus baileyi var. brunispinus
Echinocereus baileyi var. brunispinus
Pilosocereus catingicola
Pilosocereus catingicola
Rhipsalis baccifera
Rhipsalis baccifera
Arid zone, Princess of Wales Conservatory
Arid zone, Princess of Wales Conservatory
26. The Blue Puya and Cactus at home in the Cordilleras, near Apnear Apogquindo
26. The Blue Puya and Cactus at home in the Cordilleras, near Apnear Apogquindo
Parodia cactus
Parodia cactus
Yellow cacti
Yellow cacti
Mammillana gnelzomana
Mammillana gnelzomana
Astrophytum myriostigma quadricostatum
Astrophytum myriostigma quadricostatum
Cacti
Cacti
CACTACEAE, Echinopsis
CACTACEAE, Echinopsis
26. The Blue Puya and Cactus at home in the Cordilleras, near Apnear Apogquindo Featured Image

26. The Blue Puya and Cactus at home in the Cordilleras, near Apnear Apogquindo

The grand Puya, depicted above life-size, is here seen associated with Cereus Quisco, Gay (see 23), in its home on the steep, stony slopes of the Cordilleras, where there is little other vegetation

© RBG KEW

Apoquindo, Art, Cacti, Cereus Quisco, Chile, Cordilleras, Landscape, Marianne North, Painting, Puya, Victorian

CACTACEAE, Echinocereus
CACTACEAE, Echinocereus
CACTACEAE, Astrophytum
CACTACEAE, Astrophytum
Cactus chinensis, R. (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Cactus chinensis, R. (Opuntia ficus-indica)
x Disoselenicereus fulgidus, 1870
x Disoselenicereus fulgidus, 1870
Princess of Wales Conservatory
Princess of Wales Conservatory
Parodia mammulosa
Parodia mammulosa
Echinocereus pentalophus
Echinocereus pentalophus
cacti flower
cacti flower