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Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of a Queensland Tree, and Black Coc
Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of a Queensland Tree, and Black Coc
Portrait of E H Wilson
Portrait of E H Wilson
View in the Botanic Garden, Brisbane, Queensland. Marianne Nort
View in the Botanic Garden, Brisbane, Queensland. Marianne Nort
Flowers of Datura and Humming Birds, Brazil
Flowers of Datura and Humming Birds, Brazil
The Welwitschia mirabilis
The Welwitschia mirabilis
Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Mesembryanthemum simplex, 1793
Possum up a Gum Tree
Possum up a Gum Tree
Baobab near the bank of the Lue (Adansonia digitata)
Baobab near the bank of the Lue (Adansonia digitata)
Scene in Dr. Lunds Garden at Lagoa Santa, Brazil
Scene in Dr. Lunds Garden at Lagoa Santa, Brazil
No. 767. Study of the Bunya-Bunya
No. 767. Study of the Bunya-Bunya
View in the Forest on Mount Wellington, Tasmania
View in the Forest on Mount Wellington, Tasmania
A tall Brazilian Climber
A tall Brazilian Climber
No. 767. Study of the Bunya-Bunya Featured Image

No. 767. Study of the Bunya-Bunya

Oil on board, no date. Study of the Bunya-Bunya. This noble Conifer, Araucaria Bidwillii, Hook., is perhaps the most valuable food-tree indigenous in Australia, and only grows on one semi-circle of hills, within 100 miles in stretch, between the Brisbane and Burnett rivers, Queensland. The larger of the older trees are nearly 200 feet high, with a circumference of trunk of about twenty-five feet; and the horizontal markings on the pillar-like trunks make them very conspicuous amongst other trees. But what is most remarkable about these trees is that they are the only hereditary property any of the aborigines are known to possess. Each tribe has its own group of trees, and each family a certain tree or trees; and any interference with these rights leads to a bloody fight. The larger cones are a foot long and nine inches in diameter; and they are full of edible nuts (seeds) as large as chestnuts. Every third year there is an extra large crop, when the natives assemble from all parts to collect it. By an act of the Colonial Government the Bunya-Bunya is strictly preserved for the use and sustenance of the aborigines. Look at 713, 771, 773'. [Entry from the Official Guide to the North Gallery'. Fifth Edition, 1892]

© RBG KEW

Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793
Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793
John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916
John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916
Ernest Henry Wilson - May15th 1922
Ernest Henry Wilson - May15th 1922
Joseph Rock and Elizabeth McClintock
Joseph Rock and Elizabeth McClintock
Adansonia digitata L. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)
Adansonia digitata L. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Alexander Wollaston
Alexander Wollaston
The Great Tree-Aloe of Damaraland (Aloe dichotoma)
The Great Tree-Aloe of Damaraland (Aloe dichotoma)
Manufacture of Sugar at Katipo
Manufacture of Sugar at Katipo
The Bottle Tree of Queensland
The Bottle Tree of Queensland
Nest of the Coachmans Whip Bird, in a Bunya-Bunya, Queensland
Nest of the Coachmans Whip Bird, in a Bunya-Bunya, Queensland
The Breadfruit, painted at Singapore
The Breadfruit, painted at Singapore
The Great Tree-Aloe of Damaraland (Aloe dichotoma) Featured Image

The Great Tree-Aloe of Damaraland (Aloe dichotoma)

Oil on canvas. Inscribed in paint on verso of canvas The Great Tree-Aloe of Damaraland, South West Africa, about 20 feet in height, the crown of leaves and flowers more than 20 feet in Diameter: the Stem about 12 feet in circumference. Near Anison or horned Owl peaks on Andersson's New Road. Sketched May 25th 1861. T.BAINES'. The original field sketch for this painting is also held in Kew's collections. This oil painting was almost certainly executed later, possibly even in London; the result of which being that the date given for the sketch is different from that of the painting, which is unknown. Baines didn't mention ostriches in his journal at the time of sketching this aloe, but he had attempted, unsuccessfully, to shoot one around two weeks earlier, and again in August of the same year. The scientific name of this species is Aloidendron dichotomum

© RBG KEW

Australian Spear Lily and an Acacia
Australian Spear Lily and an Acacia
Ripe cone of Cycad, Illawarra, New South Wales
Ripe cone of Cycad, Illawarra, New South Wales
Joseph Rock (1884-1962)
Joseph Rock (1884-1962)