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Choose from 28 images in our Petal collection.


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
Anemone hupehensis
Anemone hupehensis
Cornus nuttallii x florida
Cornus nuttallii x florida
Coelogyne pandurata
Coelogyne pandurata
Acacia retinodes
Acacia retinodes
Commidendrum rugosum
Commidendrum rugosum
Abutilon Boule De Neige
Abutilon Boule De Neige
Rhododendron macgregoriae
Rhododendron macgregoriae
Ipomoea horsfalliae var. briggsii
Ipomoea horsfalliae var. briggsii
Galanthus
Galanthus
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

Tulips
Tulips
Spring daffodil
Spring daffodil
Spring daffodils
Spring daffodils
Tulip
Tulip
Floral gardens
Floral gardens
maridolds in the pizza garden display
maridolds in the pizza garden display
Crocus
Crocus
Cattleya
Cattleya
Prunus kanzan
Prunus kanzan
Colchicum luteum
Colchicum luteum
Colchicum kesselringii
Colchicum kesselringii
Orange Dahlia blooming in Kews Colour Spectrum display
Orange Dahlia blooming in Kews Colour Spectrum display
Orange Dahlia blooming in Kews Colour Spectrum display Featured Image

Orange Dahlia blooming in Kews Colour Spectrum display

Orange Dahlia blooming in Kew's Colour Spectrum display

© RBG KEW

Asteraceae, Close Up, Colour Spectrum, Dahlia, Display, Flower, Orange, Petal, Summer

Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Spring daffodils
Spring daffodils
Galanthus
Galanthus
Flowers
Flowers