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Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)
Cinchona bark specimens
Cinchona bark specimens
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
Indigofera tinctoria (Indigo), 1826
Indigofera tinctoria (Indigo), 1826
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)
Fish Tongues used to grate Guarana
Fish Tongues used to grate Guarana
Gossypium obtusifolium, R. (Cotton)
Gossypium obtusifolium, R. (Cotton)
Model of indigo factory, 1886
Model of indigo factory, 1886
Diospyros ebenum, Kön. (Ebony)
Diospyros ebenum, Kön. (Ebony)
Lawsonia inermis, Willd. (Henna)
Lawsonia inermis, Willd. (Henna)
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

Gossypium religiosum, Willd. (Nankeen or brown cotton)
Gossypium religiosum, Willd. (Nankeen or brown cotton)
Quercus tinctoria (Black oak, Q.velutina)
Quercus tinctoria (Black oak, Q.velutina)
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880's
Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899
Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880's
Manufacture of Sugar at Katipo
Manufacture of Sugar at Katipo
Strychnos potatorum, Willd. (Clearing nut)
Strychnos potatorum, Willd. (Clearing nut)
Diospyros melanoxylon, Willd. (Ebony)
Diospyros melanoxylon, Willd. (Ebony)
Cactus chinensis, R. (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Cactus chinensis, R. (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Necklace made of Abrus precatorius seeds
Necklace made of Abrus precatorius seeds