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Ficus indica (Banyan tree)
Ficus indica (Banyan tree)
Ficus religiosa Willd. (Peepul, pipal, pipul or bo-tree)
Ficus religiosa Willd. (Peepul, pipal, pipul or bo-tree)
Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus)
Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus)
237. Gardening at Nainee Tal, India
237. Gardening at Nainee Tal, India
241. Tomb of Ali ud Deen and Neem Tree, Delhi
241. Tomb of Ali ud Deen and Neem Tree, Delhi
Urania speciosa, Willd.(Ravenala madagascariensis, Travellers Palm')
Urania speciosa, Willd.(Ravenala madagascariensis, Travellers Palm')
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)
818. Red Water Lily of Southern India
818. Red Water Lily of Southern India
228. The Taj Mahal at Agra, North-West India
228. The Taj Mahal at Agra, North-West India
Oryza sativa, L. (Rice)
Oryza sativa, L. (Rice)
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
Erythrina indica, Willd
Erythrina indica, Willd
Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus) Featured Image

Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus)

Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. In his Flora Indica, Roxburgh tells of his familiarity with two sorts of this plant from the coast of Coromandel, one with rose-coloured flowers, the other with white ones, and with a third variety brought from China, with smaller rosy flowers. He describes how they grow in such sweet water lakes and how, on the coast they flower all year. In Bengal they flower during the hot season, April, May and June. Roxburgh writes also about the radical joints which, in old plant, are swelled into tubulosities of various size, ...from them issue many fungous fibres, and from the upper part and the interior part of these tubulosities issue one, two, or more leaves and flowers...'. Roxburgh then reports that the tender shoots of the roots are eaten by the natives, boiled or in their curries. The seeds are eaten raw, roasted and boiled. The natives also use the leaves as plates from where to eat. This beautiful plant, known with their Sanscrit name Padma, is considered holy and often used in religious ceremonies. The specimen here figured is the pink variety

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

Caesalpinia sappan, Willd
Caesalpinia sappan, Willd
Nymphaea rubra, R
Nymphaea rubra, R
Dillenia speciosa Thunb
Dillenia speciosa Thunb
285. The Great Lily of Nainee Tal, in North India
285. The Great Lily of Nainee Tal, in North India
276. Road up to Nainee Tal, India, in Spring time
276. Road up to Nainee Tal, India, in Spring time
294. The Sacred Lotus or Pudma
294. The Sacred Lotus or Pudma
Citrus acida, R
Citrus acida, R
221. Foliage, flowers and fruit of a common Indian forest tree, 1878
221. Foliage, flowers and fruit of a common Indian forest tree, 1878
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Plumeria acuminata
Plumeria acuminata
Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)
Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)
Palace of Deeg, Bhurtpore, India, 1878
Palace of Deeg, Bhurtpore, India, 1878
Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree) Featured Image

Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)

Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In his Flora indica Roxburgh describes this plant as a tree which is very scarce in India, and probably not a native of Asia'. Roxburgh tells that in the Botanic Garden of Calcutta, where this tree blossoms in May and June, and ripens its seed in the cool season, there is a 25 years old plant of Adansonia digitata, with an irregular, short and sub-conical trunk, which is 18 feet in circumference. In a letter sent to Roxburgh the 2nd of July 1802, from Mantolle, in Sri Lanka, General Hay Macdowell notes: In my walk last night on the ruins of this once rich and extensive city, called by the natives Mande or Maddoo-ooltum, I chanced to observe a tree whose prodigious magnitude induced me to measure it...fifty feet in circumference, above six feet from the ground, the natives call it Peerig, and from what I have been able to collect, it is not indigenous here

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

265. Nepalese Temple and Peepul Tree, with Blue Pigeons bathing
265. Nepalese Temple and Peepul Tree, with Blue Pigeons bathing
262 African Baobab Tree in the Princesss Garden at Tanjore, India
262 African Baobab Tree in the Princesss Garden at Tanjore, India
Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Areca catechu, L. (Betelnut, pinang, areca nut)
Areca catechu, L. (Betelnut, pinang, areca nut)
Jasminum scandens, Willd
Jasminum scandens, Willd
Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
Eugenia malaccensis, Willd
Eugenia malaccensis, Willd
Butea frondosa, Willd
Butea frondosa, Willd
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)
278. Michelia and Climber of Darjeeling, India
278. Michelia and Climber of Darjeeling, India
226. View of the Himalaya Mountains from Mussooree
226. View of the Himalaya Mountains from Mussooree
342. Looking down the Bazaar and Lake of Nynee Tal, Kumaon, Nort
342. Looking down the Bazaar and Lake of Nynee Tal, Kumaon, Nort
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton) Featured Image

Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)

Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. In his Flora indica, Roxburgh describes this species as a bi-triennial. He also mentions that this species and its varieties Dacca, Berar and China, are the most cultivated by the natives in India. Roxburgh reports "'G. herbaceum is in general cultivated all over Bengal and Coromandel. It is reared about Dacca, and furnishes that exceedingly fine cotton wool employed in manufacturing the very delicate, beautiful muslins of that place." He finally tells how the three main varieties [Dacca, Berar and China] differ from each other. Inscription by Sir George Watt (1855-1930) on drawing reads A form of G. neglectum Tod

© RBG KEW

323. Mosque of Lahore from the Palace
323. Mosque of Lahore from the Palace
283. Dibee Dhoora Dee, with its Well and Deodar trees, Kumaon, I
283. Dibee Dhoora Dee, with its Well and Deodar trees, Kumaon, I
282. A. Himalayan Oak and Birds, Nainee Tal, India
282. A. Himalayan Oak and Birds, Nainee Tal, India
268. Temple in a Dell, Binsur, Kumaon, India
268. Temple in a Dell, Binsur, Kumaon, India
253. Wild Flowers of Kumaon, India
253. Wild Flowers of Kumaon, India
231. Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of an African Tree painted in I
231. Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of an African Tree painted in I
224. Study of Cereals cultivated in Kumaon, India
224. Study of Cereals cultivated in Kumaon, India
Licuala peltata, ca 1800
Licuala peltata, ca 1800
Asparagus curillis, Buch
Asparagus curillis, Buch
Dioscorea aculeata, Roxb
Dioscorea aculeata, Roxb
Heliconia buccinata, Roxb
Heliconia buccinata, Roxb
Zingiber officinale, Roscoe (Ginger)
Zingiber officinale, Roscoe (Ginger)