Historical botanical illustration of the day

Arum Italicum, commonly known as ‘Italian Lords and Ladies’ is a member of the family Araceae – a group of monocotyledonous plants whose flowers are borne on a type of fleshy stem, called a spadix, surrounded by a leaf-like curved bract.

Watercolours on paper, Sydney Parkinson, Madeira, 1768.

Via nhm.ac.uk

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