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South Africa Collection

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861

Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, photographed on arrival in Ootacamund, southern India, 9 April 1861. Collected by Richard Spruce in Ecuador, the plants were received by WIlliam McIvor

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 124. Leonotis nepetaefolia and Doctor Humming Birds, Jamaica

124. Leonotis nepetaefolia and Doctor Humming Birds, Jamaica
The noble herb here represented is a native of South Africa, and now a common " weed " in some tropical countries. Aithurus polytmus is the name of the bird in this and 123

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 3. Burning Bush and Emu Wren of Chili

3. Burning Bush and Emu Wren of Chili
The Burning Bush (Embothriumn coccineum, Forst.) belongs to the same family as the South African genera Protea and Leucaden-dron and the Australian Banksia and Grevillea

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 365. Strelitzia and Sugar Birds, South Africa

365. Strelitzia and Sugar Birds, South Africa
The genus Strelitzia, of which four or five species are known, is peculiar to South Africa, and its botanical affinity is with the Banana (Musa) and with the travellers tree of Madagascar (Ravenala)

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Protea formosa, R. Br. (Crown-flowered Protea)

Protea formosa, R. Br. (Crown-flowered Protea)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1713, 1st March 1815. Watercolour and pencil on paper. This species is a native of the Cape of Good Hope. According to J

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Erica monsoniae, L. f. (Lady Ann Monsons Heath)

Erica monsoniae, L. f. (Lady Ann Monsons Heath)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1915, 1st July 1817. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Aloe mitriformis, 1810

Aloe mitriformis, 1810
Original illustration of Aloe mitriformis, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1270, 1st March 1810. The currently accepted plant name is Aloe perfoliata

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Decabelone barklyi, 1875

Decabelone barklyi, 1875
Hand coloured lithograph of Decabelone barklyi, currently accepted as Tavaresia barklyi. This is a colour proof for plate 6203, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published 1st December 1875

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 505. Common Aloe in Flower, Teneriffe

505. Common Aloe in Flower, Teneriffe
The rocky slope covered with a dense thicket of the same plant, (Aloe vera, L.) which is a native of South Africa. Aloes or Bitter Aloes is the dried juice of this and other species of the genus

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Kniphofia rooperi, Moore

Kniphofia rooperi, Moore
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 6116, 1st August 1874. Watercolour and pencil on paper. The species is a native of British Kaffraria in South Africa

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 24. Sea-shore near Valparaiso, Chili

24. Sea-shore near Valparaiso, Chili
The vegetation on the rocks consists largely of Puya, Cereus and Mesembryan-thermum chilense, Molin. This is the only species of the last named genus in Chili

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 385. Some grotesque plants from the Karroo, South Africa

385. Some grotesque plants from the Karroo, South Africa
In front on the right the singularly-formed and coloured flowers of Gomphocarpus grandiflorus, Benth. & Hook. f. a member of the Asclepiadaceae. On the left,

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793

Mesembryanthemum digitatum, 1772-1793
Watercolour on paper of Mesembryanthemum digitatum by Francis Masson, 1772-1793. The inscription mentions Dactylopsis digitata which is an old synonym the current accepted plant name

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Amaryllis blanda (The Blush-lily)

Amaryllis blanda (The Blush-lily)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1450, 1st March 1812. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Gladiolus cruentus, T. Moore (Blood-red Gladiolus)

Gladiolus cruentus, T. Moore (Blood-red Gladiolus)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 5810, 1st December 1869. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Protea speciosa (L. ) L. (Splendid Protea)

Protea speciosa (L. ) L. (Splendid Protea)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1183, 1st March 1809. Watercolour and pencil on paper. This species is a native of the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Haemanthus coccineus, L. (Salmon-coloured Blood-flower)

Haemanthus coccineus, L. (Salmon-coloured Blood-flower)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1075, 1st January 1808. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Psoralea aphylla, Jacq. ( Leafless Psoralea)

Psoralea aphylla, Jacq. ( Leafless Psoralea)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1727, 1st May 1815. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Native of the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Haemanthus tigrinus, Jacq. ( Tiger-spotted Blood-flower )

Haemanthus tigrinus, Jacq. ( Tiger-spotted Blood-flower )
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1705, 1st February 1815. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Native of the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Stapelia reticulata, 1814

Stapelia reticulata, 1814
Original illustration of Stapelia reticulata, currently accepted as Huernia reticulata, commonly known as netted-flowered stapelia, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1662

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Stapelia pulla, Ait. ( Black-flowered Stapelia )

Stapelia pulla, Ait. ( Black-flowered Stapelia )
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, publidhed as plate 1648, 1st June 1814. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Podalyria styracifolia Sims ( Storax-leaved Podalyria )

Podalyria styracifolia Sims ( Storax-leaved Podalyria )
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1580, 1st September 1813. Watercolour and pencil on paper. This species is a native of the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Tritonia rochensis Ker Gawl. ( Bending-flowered Tritonia )

Tritonia rochensis Ker Gawl. ( Bending-flowered Tritonia )
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1503, Vol. 37, 1st November 1813. Watercolour and pencil on paper. The plant figured was imported by Messrs

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 489. A Native Orchid and Butterflies, Mahe, Seychelles

489. A Native Orchid and Butterflies, Mahe, Seychelles
Angraecum eburneum, Thouars, is an Orchid of a genus characteristic of the Mascarene Islands and Tropical and South Africa. See 356

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 435. Protea and Golden-breasted Cuckoo, of South Africa

435. Protea and Golden-breasted Cuckoo, of South Africa
This magnificent Protea (P. speciosa, Linn.) grows about as tall as a man, and is remarkable alike for its thick, red-margined leaves, and its elegantly fringed bracts

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 448. View of the valley of Ceres, from Mitchells Pass, Cabbage 448

448. View of the valley of Ceres, from Mitchells Pass, Cabbage 448. View of the valley of Ceres, from Mitchells Pass
The plant is an Othonna (Compositae), and probably a variety of 0. amplexicaulis, Thunb.; its popular name refers to its thick fleshy leaves not to any culinary use

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Erica primuloides ( Cowslip Heath )

Erica primuloides ( Cowslip Heath )
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1548, 1st May 1813. Watercolour and pencil on paper. This species is a native of the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Haemanthus quadrivalvis Jacq. ( Hairy-leaved Scarlet Haemanthus')

Haemanthus quadrivalvis Jacq. ( Hairy-leaved Scarlet Haemanthus')
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1523, 1st January 1813. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Stapelia olivacea, 1876

Stapelia olivacea, 1876
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 6212, 1st February, 1876. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Sent to Kew by H.E

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Senecio macroglossus DC

Senecio macroglossus DC
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 6149, 1st February 1875. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Cultivated at Kew from seeds sent by Mr Sanderson in 1868

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Stapelia corderoyi, Hook. f

Stapelia corderoyi, Hook. f
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 6082, 1st February 1874. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Ornithogalum candicans, 1845-1883

Ornithogalum candicans, 1845-1883
Illustration of Ornithogalum candicans, commonly known as star of Bethlehem or spire lily, 1845-1883. Artwork from Flore des Serres et des Jardin de l Europe by Louis Van Houtte, volume 21; p. 46-47

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Frank Norman Howes, RBG Kew

Frank Norman Howes, RBG Kew
Frank Norman Howes inspecting samples of wood in the Museum store. Born in South Africa, he was Economic Botanist in the Gold Coast Department of Agriculture before becoming an Assistant in Kew

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: 813. Plants of the Sandy-shore at Port Alfred, South Africa

813. Plants of the Sandy-shore at Port Alfred, South Africa
The shrub with shining leaves and white flowers is Scaeuola Koenigii (see 469); the hoary plant with yellow flowers, Microstephium niveum, Less. with Statice scabra, Thunb

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Stangeria eriopus

Stangeria eriopus

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Romulea multisulcata

Romulea multisulcata

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Protea laevis, R. Br. (Smooth Protea)

Protea laevis, R. Br. (Smooth Protea)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 2439, 1st October 1823 Watercolour and pencil on paper. This species is a native of the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Encephalartos horridus, (Jacq. ) Lehm. (Three-toothed Encephalart

Encephalartos horridus, (Jacq. ) Lehm. (Three-toothed Encephalart
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 5371, 1st April 1863. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Cultivated at Kew as a Cape species

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Richardia hastata, Hook. (Halbert-leaved Richardia)

Richardia hastata, Hook. (Halbert-leaved Richardia)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as 5176, 1st April 1860. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Babiana stricta (Œ. ) corolla purpurea Ker Gawl. (Purple- flowered Babiana)

Babiana stricta (Œ. ) corolla purpurea Ker Gawl. (Purple- flowered Babiana)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1052, 1st October 1807. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Babiana sambucina (Elder-flower-scented Babian)

Babiana sambucina (Elder-flower-scented Babian)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1019, 1st May 1807. Watercolour and pencil on paper. The plant was collected from the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Cullumia ciliaris, (L. ) R. Br (Ciliated Cullumia)

Cullumia ciliaris, (L. ) R. Br (Ciliated Cullumia)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 2095, 1st September 1819. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Crassula falcata, J. C. Wendl. (Sickle-leaved Crassula)

Crassula falcata, J. C. Wendl. (Sickle-leaved Crassula)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 2035, 1st December 1818. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Crotalaria purpurea, Vent. (Crimson-flowered Crotalaria)

Crotalaria purpurea, Vent. (Crimson-flowered Crotalaria)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1913, 1st June 1817. Watercolour and pencil on paper

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Berckheya grandiflora, (Thunb. ) Willd. (Large flowered Berckheya

Berckheya grandiflora, (Thunb. ) Willd. (Large flowered Berckheya
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, publishd as plate 1844, 1st August 1816. Watercolour and pencil on paper. This species is a native of the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Polygala speciosa, Sims (Shewy Milk-wort, Showy Milkwort)

Polygala speciosa, Sims (Shewy Milk-wort, Showy Milkwort)
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1780, 1st December 1815. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Native of the Cape of Good Hope

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Mesembryanthemum inclaudens, 1814

Mesembryanthemum inclaudens, 1814
Original illustration of Mesembryanthemum inclaudens, commonly known as never-closing fig marigold, from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1663, 1st August 1814

Background imageSouth Africa Collection: Leucadendron grandiflorum ( Great-flowered Leucadendron )

Leucadendron grandiflorum ( Great-flowered Leucadendron )
Original illustration from Curtiss Botanical Magazine, published as plate 1650, 1st June 1814. Watercolour and pencil on paper




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