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Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India
Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India
Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882
Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882
Richard Spruce
Richard Spruce
Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
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
Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore Featured Image

Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore

Extension of original cutting on an old Para rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis - Henry Ridley ('Rubber Ridley') and rubber tree, tapped for latex. HNR/1/2/6/3 Henry Ridley was director of the Singapore Botanic Garden from 1888 to 1911. Through his expertise and ecouragement, and with rubber trees that had been trees sent from Kew in 1877, the Malaysian rubber plantation industry was established. Today most of the world's rubber comes from plantations in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia

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

Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899
Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899
Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet
Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet
Drying or withering tea leaves
Drying or withering tea leaves
Packing tea in India
Packing tea in India
Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India
Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India
Tea plantation, Far East
Tea plantation, Far East
Harvesting tea leaves, India
Harvesting tea leaves, India
Richard Spruce
Richard Spruce
C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown
C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown