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Victoria amazonica
Victoria amazonica
Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Study of Coco de Mer - Lodicea sechellarum
Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Buddleia colvilei, Smith M
Buddleia colvilei, Smith M
Buddleia crispa, Fitch W
Buddleia crispa, Fitch W
Dipteracanthus spectabilis
Dipteracanthus spectabilis
Nymphaea carpentariae, Andre Leu
Nymphaea carpentariae, Andre Leu
Heracleum mantegazzianum - Giant Hogweed
Heracleum mantegazzianum - Giant Hogweed
Rosa Kew Gardens
Rosa Kew Gardens
Tibouchina urvilleana, Glory Bush
Tibouchina urvilleana, Glory Bush
ACERACEAE, Acer palmatum, Japanese Maple
ACERACEAE, Acer palmatum, Japanese Maple
Atropa belladonna - Deadly nightshade
Atropa belladonna - Deadly nightshade
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

Nymphaea Piyatarp
Nymphaea Piyatarp
Nymphaea Piyalarp
Nymphaea Piyalarp
Nymphaea carpentariae x violacea
Nymphaea carpentariae x violacea
Nymphaea, Kew, Stowaway blues
Nymphaea, Kew, Stowaway blues
Nymphaea Rattana Ubol
Nymphaea Rattana Ubol
Nymphaea Carlas Sonshine
Nymphaea Carlas Sonshine
Nymphaea Bimini Twist
Nymphaea Bimini Twist
Nymphaea Carlos Magdalena
Nymphaea Carlos Magdalena
Nymphaea violacea x colorata
Nymphaea violacea x colorata
Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world
Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world
Poroporo, Bullibulli Solanum laciniatum
Poroporo, Bullibulli Solanum laciniatum
Poroporo, Bullibulli Solanum laciniatum
Poroporo, Bullibulli Solanum laciniatum
Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world Featured Image

Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world

Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world, and the only Nymphaea to grow in damp mud rather than water - This ‘thermal’ waterlily, which grew around freshwater hot springs, was discovered in 1987 by German botanist Professor Eberhard Fischer of Koblenz-Landau University. It is known from just one location in Mashyuza, in southwest Rwanda. However, it disappeared from there about two years ago due to over-exploitation of the hot spring that fed this fragile habitat. Water was prevented from reaching the surface, resulting in the desiccation of the few square metres where this species grew, and no plant is known to have survived in the wild

© RBG KEW

Benary - Mendelss peas - Tab XXIII - t.23
Benary - Mendelss peas - Tab XXIII - t.23
Acacia retinodes
Acacia retinodes
Cyphomandra betacea - Tamarillo - Tree Tomato
Cyphomandra betacea - Tamarillo - Tree Tomato
Commidendrum rugosum
Commidendrum rugosum
Abutilon Boule De Neige
Abutilon Boule De Neige
Rhododendron macgregoriae
Rhododendron macgregoriae
Tibouchina Urvilleana
Tibouchina Urvilleana
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalartos woodii
Scadoxus multiflorus s. katherinae
Scadoxus multiflorus s. katherinae
Bougainvillea X buttiana Enid Lancaster
Bougainvillea X buttiana Enid Lancaster
000-69-17231, MYRSINACEAE, Ardisia Humilis, Himalayas
000-69-17231, MYRSINACEAE, Ardisia Humilis, Himalayas
Ananas bracteatus - (Pineapple relative)
Ananas bracteatus - (Pineapple relative)
Acacia retinodes Featured Image

Acacia retinodes

1978-6209, FABACEAE, LEGUMINOSAE, MIMOSOIDEAE, Acacia retinodes, Australia

© RBG KEW

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Ptilotus manglesii
Ptilotus manglesii