Category Archives: plants

Joseph Banks, Banks' Florilegium, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Banksia serrata, commonly known as Old Man Banksia, Saw Banksia, Saw-tooth Banksia and Red Honeysuckle, is a species of woody shrub or tree of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family. The plant is native to east coast Australia is

Joseph Banks, Banks' Florilegium, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Banksia serrata, commonly known as Old Man Banksia, Saw Banksia, Saw-tooth Banksia and Red Honeysuckle, is a species of woody shrub or tree of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family. The plant is native to east coast Australia is

Sydney Parkinson, Banks' Florilegium, Endeavour botanical illustrations, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Ficus parkinsonii was the name given to a type of Australian fig, which today is known by the trinomial moniker Ficus superba var. henneana. The specimen above was collected by the naturalist Joseph Banks on a brief visit to Booby

Sydney Parkinson, Banks' Florilegium, Endeavour botanical illustrations, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Ficus parkinsonii was the name given to a type of Australian fig, which today is known by the trinomial moniker Ficus superba var. henneana. The specimen above was collected by the naturalist Joseph Banks on a brief visit to Booby

Carl Linnaeus, Systema Naturae, sexual system, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States. It was one of the many species first described by Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in his

Carl Linnaeus, Systema Naturae, sexual system, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States. It was one of the many species first described by Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in his

Strelitzia reginae, Robert Thornton, New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus, Carl Linnaeus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Yesterday, to coincide with the 305th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the Biodiversity Heritage Library released The Carl Linnaeus Collection, its latest series of titles via iTunes U. Linnaeus laid the foundations for the way

Strelitzia reginae, Robert Thornton, New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus, Carl Linnaeus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Yesterday, to coincide with the 305th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the Biodiversity Heritage Library released The Carl Linnaeus Collection, its latest series of titles via iTunes U. Linnaeus laid the foundations for the way

The Temple of Flora, Robert Thornton, botanical illustrations, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

“Botanical illustrators have always had to create a balance between science and art. The purpose of botanical books, from the earliest printed herbals in the 15th century, was to allow plants to be easily identified,” according to the State Library

The Temple of Flora, Robert Thornton, botanical illustrations, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

“Botanical illustrators have always had to create a balance between science and art. The purpose of botanical books, from the earliest printed herbals in the 15th century, was to allow plants to be easily identified,” according to the State Library

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

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Diospyros lotus, better known as the Date-plum or Caucasian Persimmon, is a widely cultivated species of the genus Diospyros, known by the ancient Greeks as ‘the fruit of the gods’ (‘Dios pyros’ means ‘the wheat of Zeus’). The watercolour above

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

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Diospyros lotus, better known as the Date-plum or Caucasian Persimmon, is a widely cultivated species of the genus Diospyros, known by the ancient Greeks as ‘the fruit of the gods’ (‘Dios pyros’ means ‘the wheat of Zeus’). The watercolour above

morning glory, floriology, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Tahiti, Sydney Parkinson, transit of Venus,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Ipomoea littoralis is one of around 1,650 species within the Convolvulaceae family of flowering plants, which in turn comprises some 60 genera. The Ipomoea genus is the largest group, amounting to around 500 species. Around 1,000 species within the Convolvulaceae

morning glory, floriology, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Tahiti, Sydney Parkinson, transit of Venus,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Ipomoea littoralis is one of around 1,650 species within the Convolvulaceae family of flowering plants, which in turn comprises some 60 genera. The Ipomoea genus is the largest group, amounting to around 500 species. Around 1,000 species within the Convolvulaceae

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

breadfruit, Tahiti, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Artocarpus altilis is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family, Moraceae, growing throughout Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. It is more commonly known as breadfruit due to the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a

breadfruit, Tahiti, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Artocarpus altilis is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family, Moraceae, growing throughout Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. It is more commonly known as breadfruit due to the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a

Natural History Museum, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, conservation, biodiversity

Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years

Some 18,000 new plant and animal species are discovered each year, but this number is dwarfed by the estimated 10 million more species yet discovered. A group of scientists argues, however, that this could be achieved in just 50 years

Natural History Museum, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, conservation, biodiversity

Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years

Some 18,000 new plant and animal species are discovered each year, but this number is dwarfed by the estimated 10 million more species yet discovered. A group of scientists argues, however, that this could be achieved in just 50 years