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Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Atropa belladonna - Deadly nightshade
Atropa belladonna - Deadly nightshade
The Pagoda
The Pagoda
The Pagoda
The Pagoda
The Temperate House
The Temperate House
The Lake
The Lake
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp pauciflora
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp pauciflora
Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens
Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens
Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens
Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens
Palm house
Palm house
Temperate House
Temperate House
Sir Joseph Banks Building
Sir Joseph Banks Building
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

Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
indian bean tree
indian bean tree
Pagoda
Pagoda
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Arbutus x andrachnoides
Arbutus x andrachnoides
Celtis occidentalis
Celtis occidentalis
Ehretia dicksonii
Ehretia dicksonii
Arbutus andrachne
Arbutus andrachne
Castanea sativa
Castanea sativa
Trees and Shrubs
Trees and Shrubs