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Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Buddleia colvilei, Smith M
Buddleia colvilei, Smith M
Buddleia crispa, Fitch W
Buddleia crispa, Fitch W
Showy plant on display at Kews Tropical Extravaganza
Showy plant on display at Kews Tropical Extravaganza
Quercus castaneifolia acorns
Quercus castaneifolia acorns
Close up of the Palm House Door
Close up of the Palm House Door
Amorphophallus titanum, Titan arum
Amorphophallus titanum, Titan arum
Alocasia brisbanensis
Alocasia brisbanensis
Aphelandra flava Nees
Aphelandra flava Nees
Wisteria at Wakehurst Mansion
Wisteria at Wakehurst Mansion
Crataegus intricata
Crataegus intricata
Pennilabium struthio Carr
Pennilabium struthio Carr
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

Grosourdya appendiculata (Blume) Rchb.f
Grosourdya appendiculata (Blume) Rchb.f
Glomera montana Rchb.f
Glomera montana Rchb.f
Dilochia wallichii Lindl
Dilochia wallichii Lindl
Ancistrorhynchus cephalotes (Rchb.f.) Summerh
Ancistrorhynchus cephalotes (Rchb.f.) Summerh
Scilla madeirensis
Scilla madeirensis
Planting out bedding, RBG Kew
Planting out bedding, RBG Kew
Planting out a lettuce, RBG Kew
Planting out a lettuce, RBG Kew
Vegetable plot
Vegetable plot
Ginkgo leaves in autumn
Ginkgo leaves in autumn
Door to the Palm House
Door to the Palm House
The Pagoda at Kew
The Pagoda at Kew
Arbutus menziessii
Arbutus menziessii
Grosourdya appendiculata (Blume) Rchb.f Featured Image

Grosourdya appendiculata (Blume) Rchb.f

Grosourdya appendiculata (Blume) Rchb.f. Orchid. Orchidaceae. Distribution: Hainan to Indo-China and Malesia. Epiphytic cham

© RBG KEW

Blume Rchbf, Brown, Close Up, Detail, Epiphyte, Flower, Grosourdya Appendiculata, Orchid, Orchidaceae, Plant Portrait, White, Yellow

Crataegus prunifolia
Crataegus prunifolia
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Broussonetia papyrifera
Broussonetia papyrifera
Ilex aquifolium
Ilex aquifolium
Crataegus laevigata
Crataegus laevigata
Ailanthus altissima
Ailanthus altissima
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp pauciflora
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp pauciflora
Eucalyptus dalrympleana
Eucalyptus dalrympleana
Fraxinus pensylvanica, Oleaceae
Fraxinus pensylvanica, Oleaceae
Catalpa fargesii
Catalpa fargesii
Pink Orchid
Pink Orchid
display at Kews Tropical Extravaganza
display at Kews Tropical Extravaganza
Pink Orchid Featured Image

Pink Orchid

orchid on display at Kew's orchid festival

© RBG KEW

Bloom, Close Up, Cultivar, Detail, Display, Flower, Orchid, Phalaenopsis, Pink, Princess Of Wales Conservatory, White, Winter

Amorphophallus titanum
Amorphophallus titanum
orange alpine flower from collection
orange alpine flower from collection
Salvia uliginosa
Salvia uliginosa
Crocus
Crocus
Seeds of Tripteris microcarpa
Seeds of Tripteris microcarpa
Drosera auriculata
Drosera auriculata
Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens
Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens
Palm house
Palm house
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Elaeagnus angustifolia var elliptica
Elaeagnus angustifolia var elliptica
Temperate House
Temperate House
Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828