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19. View near Quilpue, Chili
19. View near Quilpue, Chili
The Welwitschia mirabilis
The Welwitschia mirabilis
Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Decabelone barklyi, 1875
Decabelone barklyi, 1875
185. Vegetation of the Desert of Arizona
185. Vegetation of the Desert of Arizona
Hoodia bainii, 1878
Hoodia bainii, 1878
Stapelia olivacea, 1876
Stapelia olivacea, 1876
Stapelia corderoyi, Hook.f
Stapelia corderoyi, Hook.f
Carnegiea gigantea, 1878
Carnegiea gigantea, 1878
Guanikontes to Welwitschia Plain
Guanikontes to Welwitschia Plain
Seed Collection in the Namibian Desert
Seed Collection in the Namibian Desert
RBG Kew botanists Expedition to Jordan
RBG Kew botanists Expedition to Jordan
The Welwitschia mirabilis Featured Image

The Welwitschia mirabilis

Oil on canvas. Inscribed in paint on verso The Welwitschia mirabilis, Nyanka Kykamkop or plant of Hykamkop or Otjitumbo Otjihooro. Stump with a head. South West Africa T. Baines. Sketched Hykamkop May 9 1861. Painted 15 Whitehall Place, London April 10 1867'. A watercolour sketch by Baines of the same plant is also held in Kew's collections, probably that referred to by Baines in the above inscription. In his Explorations of South West Africa, Baines noted The Late Sir Wm J. Hooker acknowledged my sketch and specimen as the first he had ever seen, but it had almost simultaneously been discovered by Dr. Welwitsch south of Loando, and his description arriving first, it was very rightly called after him... It has but two leaves, but the manner in which they were split up led me to think there were four, The gentleman seen sketching the plant is Baines, his ox-wagons featured in the distance. The identity of the person seated behind Baines is unknown

© RBG KEW

360. Doum and Date Palms on the Nile above Philae, Egypt
360. Doum and Date Palms on the Nile above Philae, Egypt
Sandunes between Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Sandunes between Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Sandunes
Sandunes
Acacia erioloba
Acacia erioloba
Collecting Sesamum abbreviatum
Collecting Sesamum abbreviatum
Petrified sandunes near to Namib lodge
Petrified sandunes near to Namib lodge
Kuiseb river canyon
Kuiseb river canyon
Welwitschia mirabilis, Western Kalahari Desert
Welwitschia mirabilis, Western Kalahari Desert
Welwitschia mirabilis
Welwitschia mirabilis
Acacia erioloba
Acacia erioloba
Flowers and seeds of Gomphocarpus filiformis
Flowers and seeds of Gomphocarpus filiformis
Seeds of Tripteris microcarpa
Seeds of Tripteris microcarpa
360. Doum and Date Palms on the Nile above Philae, Egypt Featured Image

360. Doum and Date Palms on the Nile above Philae, Egypt

Among Palms the Doum (Hyphaene thebaica, Mart.) is remarkable for having normally a branched trunk, instead of a single trunk with a terminal crown of leaves. Tt has a wide range in eastern tropical and subtropical Africa, and also occurs in Arabia

© RBG KEW

Art, Artist, Desert, Foreground, Landscape, Leaves, Marianne North, North Africa, Painting

Tripteris microcarpa
Tripteris microcarpa
Hermbstaedtia spathulifolia
Hermbstaedtia spathulifolia
Jamesbrittenia mexii
Jamesbrittenia mexii
Fruit of Tapinanthes oleiifolius, LORANTHACEAE
Fruit of Tapinanthes oleiifolius, LORANTHACEAE
Flowers of Tapinanthes oleiifolius, LORANTHACEAE
Flowers of Tapinanthes oleiifolius, LORANTHACEAE
Mesembryanthemum sp
Mesembryanthemum sp
Acanthocicyos horridus
Acanthocicyos horridus
Gomphocarpus filiformis
Gomphocarpus filiformis
Moonscape east of Swakopmund
Moonscape east of Swakopmund
Guanikontes in the Swakopmund river valley
Guanikontes in the Swakopmund river valley
Desert landscape
Desert landscape
Swakopmund river valley
Swakopmund river valley
Tripteris microcarpa Featured Image

Tripteris microcarpa

Guanikontes in the Swakopmund river valley, Namibia Seed Collecting Expedition 2007

© RBG KEW

Africa, Close Up, Desert, Expedition, Flower, Namibia, Plant, Yellow

The Great Tree-Aloe of Damaraland (Aloe dichotoma)
The Great Tree-Aloe of Damaraland (Aloe dichotoma)
Welwitschia mirabilis, Hook.f
Welwitschia mirabilis, Hook.f
Mesembryanthemum truncatellum, Haw
Mesembryanthemum truncatellum, Haw
CACTACEAE, Echinocereus
CACTACEAE, Echinocereus