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Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)
Artocarpus altilis, 1828
Artocarpus altilis, 1828
Oryza sativa, L. (Rice)
Oryza sativa, L. (Rice)
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
Indigofera tinctoria (Indigo), 1826
Indigofera tinctoria (Indigo), 1826
Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Areca catechu, L. (Betelnut, pinang, areca nut)
Areca catechu, L. (Betelnut, pinang, areca nut)
Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)
Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)
Baobab near the bank of the Lue (Adansonia digitata)
Baobab near the bank of the Lue (Adansonia digitata)
Licuala peltata, ca 1800
Licuala peltata, ca 1800
Zingiber officinale, Roscoe (Ginger)
Zingiber officinale, Roscoe (Ginger)
Baobab near the bank of the Lue (Adansonia digitata) Featured Image

Baobab near the bank of the Lue (Adansonia digitata)

Oil on canvas. Inscribed in paint on verso of canvas BAOBAB near the bank of the Lue, a tributary of the Zambesi River above Kabrabasi. It seems to consist of three original stems now united as they have grown up. The whole group is 17 yards in circumference and two of the stems now united In 18 feet from the ground 13 yards. Novr 27 1858'. The painting was executed around seven months later at Tete. This particular tree was observed by Baines while accompanying Dr. David Livingstone on his Zambesi Expedition. Livingstone set out to explore the rapids at Kebrabasa, finally reaching them on the 9th November 1858. Of the surrounding topography he noted, The country, between Tette and Panda Mokua, where navigation ends, is well wooded and hilly on both banks...Conspicuous among the trees, for its gigantic size, and bark coloured exactly like Egyptian syenite, is the burly Baobab. It often makes other trees of the forest look like mere bushes in comparison

© RBG KEW

No. 767. Study of the Bunya-Bunya
No. 767. Study of the Bunya-Bunya
Papaver somniferum, L. (Opium poppy)
Papaver somniferum, L. (Opium poppy)
Bambusa balcooa, Roxb. (Bamboo)
Bambusa balcooa, Roxb. (Bamboo)
Diospyros ebenum, Kön. (Ebony)
Diospyros ebenum, Kön. (Ebony)
Lawsonia inermis, Willd. (Henna)
Lawsonia inermis, Willd. (Henna)
Quercus tinctoria (Black oak, Q.velutina)
Quercus tinctoria (Black oak, Q.velutina)
Adansonia digitata L. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)
Adansonia digitata L. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)
Manufacture of Sugar at Katipo
Manufacture of Sugar at Katipo
Cyperus alopercuroides, Rottb
Cyperus alopercuroides, Rottb
Quercus squamata Roxb
Quercus squamata Roxb
Morus alba, Willd. (White morus)
Morus alba, Willd. (White morus)
Strychnos potatorum, Willd. (Clearing nut)
Strychnos potatorum, Willd. (Clearing nut)
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

Willughbeia edulis, R
Willughbeia edulis, R
Diospyros melanoxylon, Willd. (Ebony)
Diospyros melanoxylon, Willd. (Ebony)
Cactus chinensis, R. (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Cactus chinensis, R. (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Luffa pentandra, Roxb
Luffa pentandra, Roxb
Luffa acutangula Roxb
Luffa acutangula Roxb
Abrus precatorius, Willd
Abrus precatorius, Willd
The Breadfruit, painted at Singapore
The Breadfruit, painted at Singapore
Quercus alba (White Oak)
Quercus alba (White Oak)