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A pair of hand-illustrated plates depict a Chinese lantern plant, Physalis alkekengi, from Paul Hariot’s “Atlas colorié des plantes médicinales indigènes,” published in 1900. - Images courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

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Plant a cool-season vegetable garden | Romanesco broccoli |

Plant a cool-season vegetable garden

Datura flowers... they look like pinwheels briefly before opening.

Nymphaea gigantea W.Hook, 1855

1851 botanical illustration

Tulipa gesneriana from Temple of Flora 1799 by Robert Thornton. Hand-coloured engraving. Thornton vowed that his book, Temple of Flora, would be the most magnificent botanical publication ever. Exotic plants were lavishly illustrated in dramatic landscape settings. The extravagant costs of publishing this sumptuous book ruined Thornton financially.

: dragon’s blood tree - socotra near the indian ocean How unusual”

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Boabab, Also known as the (tree of life)

Montezuma Cypress: The Tule Tree Located in the grounds of a church in Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It measures more than 119 feet around and 116 feet high. About 2,000 years old.

World's 7 most amazing trees - Montezuma Cypress: The Tule Tree

Ficus tree in Spain

Ficus tree in Spain

Toborochi tree in Paraguay

v.35-36 (1811-1812) - Curtis's botanical magazine. - Biodiversity Heritage Library

a popular history of british sea-weeds. 1851

Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum, around 1475.


Chinese Lantern Plant

Acanthus - Rozenburg, Den Haag, Samuel Schellink, 1914

Rozenburg, Den Haag, Samuel Schellink, 1914 | Proportio Divina

Peony, Red by Kawarazaki Shodo (published by Unsodo)

Shodo KAWARAZAKI 1939-1970’s, JAPAN

Botanical illustration...tulips


papaver somniferum "poppy" pods kingcreative.tumb...

Claire Felloni Pavot oriental (Papaver orientale)

illustration of a poppy seed head.