Category Archives: natural history

Joseph Banks, Tahiti, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Joseph Banks – historical hottie

He may have died almost 200 years ago but the naturalist Joseph Banks is still hot, it’s official. The one-time global explorer and long-serving president of the Royal Society has been awarded a place in The Dashing Duchesses’ ‘Historical Hottie’

Joseph Banks, Tahiti, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Joseph Banks – historical hottie

He may have died almost 200 years ago but the naturalist Joseph Banks is still hot, it’s official. The one-time global explorer and long-serving president of the Royal Society has been awarded a place in The Dashing Duchesses’ ‘Historical Hottie’

botany, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus,

Expert botanists – an endangered species

International science journal Nature has published an article called Superstars of botany: Rare specimens, explaining how a handful of plant hunters has shaped the field over the past 200 years and warning that such experts are now in danger of

botany, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus,

Expert botanists – an endangered species

International science journal Nature has published an article called Superstars of botany: Rare specimens, explaining how a handful of plant hunters has shaped the field over the past 200 years and warning that such experts are now in danger of

John Hunter, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Natalie Waddell,

From natural to post-natural

  “It was once the pastime of gentlemen: collecting curious plant and animal specimens from around the world, displaying them in home or garden and regaling callers with tales of their exotic origins. “Nowadays, it seems there’s little new left

John Hunter, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Natalie Waddell,

From natural to post-natural

  “It was once the pastime of gentlemen: collecting curious plant and animal specimens from around the world, displaying them in home or garden and regaling callers with tales of their exotic origins. “Nowadays, it seems there’s little new left

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Metrosideros collina is a species of flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to the Marquesas Islands, the Society Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu. The Myrtaceae or Myrtle family are a group of dicotyledon plants, placed within the order

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Metrosideros collina is a species of flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to the Marquesas Islands, the Society Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu. The Myrtaceae or Myrtle family are a group of dicotyledon plants, placed within the order

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Dicliptera bracteata is a species within the Acanthaceae family of flowering plants. Acanthaceae is a group of dicotyledonous plants containing almost 250 genera and about 2,500 species. The dicotyledons, also known as dicots, are plants whose seed typically has two

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Dicliptera bracteata is a species within the Acanthaceae family of flowering plants. Acanthaceae is a group of dicotyledonous plants containing almost 250 genera and about 2,500 species. The dicotyledons, also known as dicots, are plants whose seed typically has two

The age of the great plant hunter continues

A small group of “great plant hunters” are making the majority of the world’s botanical discoveries, a study led by Oxford University has revealed. The report, which is published in this week’s Proceedings of the Royal Society B, revealed that

The age of the great plant hunter continues

A small group of “great plant hunters” are making the majority of the world’s botanical discoveries, a study led by Oxford University has revealed. The report, which is published in this week’s Proceedings of the Royal Society B, revealed that

Meet the 20,000 new species we discovered in a single year

“As the number of species increases, so too does our understanding of the biosphere. It is through knowledge of the unique attributes of species that we illuminate the origin and evolutionary history of life on our planet. “As we find out

Meet the 20,000 new species we discovered in a single year

“As the number of species increases, so too does our understanding of the biosphere. It is through knowledge of the unique attributes of species that we illuminate the origin and evolutionary history of life on our planet. “As we find out