Historical botanical illustration of the day

Spondias dulcis is an equatorial or tropical tree with edible fruit that is native to Melanesia and through Polynesia.

It is known by many names in various places around the world, in Trinidad and Tobago, for example, by its French epithet, pomme Cythère, meaning apple of Cytheria – the birthplace of Aphrodite.

Indeed, the plant’s alternative binomial is Spondias cytherea.

Watercolour on paper, Sydney Parkinson, Tahiti, 1769.

Via nhm.ac.uk

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