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Images Dated 3rd December 2007

Asparagus racemosus, Willd
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Asparagus racemosus, Willd
Dioscorea aculeata, Roxb
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Dioscorea aculeata, Roxb
Heliconia buccinata, Roxb
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Heliconia buccinata, Roxb
Quercus squamata Roxb
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Quercus squamata Roxb
Celosia cernua Roxb
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Celosia cernua Roxb
Lettsomia setosa Roxb
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Lettsomia setosa Roxb
Urania speciosa Willd. (Ravenala madagascariensis, Traveller's Featured 3 Dec 2007 Image

Urania speciosa Willd. (Ravenala madagascariensis, Traveller's

Watercolour on paper, undated (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In Flora Indica Roxburgh recalls In 1802 three plants of this elegant tree were brought from the Island of Mauritius by Capt. Tennant to the Botanic Garden at Calcutta. They were planted in different soils, and situations. That which was in a very moist place, and in a rich brownish black soil, throve more luxuriantly than the other two, though in a soil equally rich but lighter coloured, much higher and drier

© RBG KEW

Willughbeia edulis, R
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Willughbeia edulis, R
Panax fruticosum, Willd
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Panax fruticosum, Willd
Luffa pentandra, Roxb
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Luffa pentandra, Roxb
Luffa acutangula Roxb
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Luffa acutangula Roxb
Momordica mixta, Roxb
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Momordica mixta, Roxb
Cucumis utilissimus, Roxb
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Cucumis utilissimus, Roxb
Cactus indicus, ca 18th century Featured 3 Dec 2007 Image

Cactus indicus, ca 18th century

Watercolour on paper, ca late 18th century. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh.
Roxburgh noted in his Flora Indica that this cactus was common around Calcutta, and concluded there is every reason to imagine it is a native of these countries. These plants were probably introduced to India from the West Indies as early as the late 15th Century, initially for their fruit, and later for the dye made from cochineal insects (Dactylopius coccus) which infect these plants. The drawing includes studies of these insects, the winged male can be seen far right, the female with her protective white covering in several stages on the left. It is likely that there are actually three plant species represented on this drawing. Fig.1 is possibly Opuntia stricta/dillenii, Fig.2 Nopalea cochenillifera, and Fig.3 Opuntia tuna

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
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Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
Eugenia malaccensis, Willd
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Eugenia malaccensis, Willd
Rosa chinensis
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Rosa chinensis
Rosa pubescens, R
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Rosa pubescens, R
Senna glauca, R
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Senna glauca, R
Senna sumatrana, R
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Senna sumatrana, R
Mimosa suma, R
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Mimosa suma, R
Indigofera coerulea, Roxb
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Indigofera coerulea, Roxb
Indigofera violacea, R
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Indigofera violacea, R
Jonesia asoca, R
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Jonesia asoca, R
Jonesia asoca, R Featured 3 Dec 2007 Image

Jonesia asoca, R

Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th Century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. In his Flora Indica, Roxburgh describes this plant as being found in gardens about Calcutta, where it grows to be a very handsome, middlingsized, ramous tree; flowering time the beginning of the hot season; the seeds ripen during the rains. The plants and seeds were probably brought originally from the eastern frontier of Bengal, where it is indigenous

© RBG KEW

Erythrina indica, Willd
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Erythrina indica, Willd
Cassia bacillus, Gaert
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Cassia bacillus, Gaert
Cassia rhombifolia, R
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Cassia rhombifolia, R
Caesalpinia tortuosa, R
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Caesalpinia tortuosa, R
Caesalpinia sappan, Willd
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Caesalpinia sappan, Willd
Butea frondosa, Willd
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Butea frondosa, Willd
Abrus precatorius, Willd
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Abrus precatorius, Willd
Mangifera sylvatica, R
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Mangifera sylvatica, R
Vitis latifolia, R
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Vitis latifolia, R
Vitis indica, Willd
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Vitis indica, Willd
Citrus acida, R
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Citrus acida, R
Oxalis sensitiva, Willd
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Oxalis sensitiva, Willd

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