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Dicot Collection

"Dicot: A Journey through Nature's Diversity" Explore the fascinating world of dicots, a diverse group of plants that includes some truly remarkable species

Background imageDicot Collection: Franklinia alatamaha, franklinia

Franklinia alatamaha, franklinia
Drawing 1 (Ewan Frontispiece) from the Botanical and zoological drawings (1756-1788) by William Bartram

Background imageDicot Collection: Banksia integrifolia, coastal banksia

Banksia integrifolia, coastal banksia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageDicot Collection: Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) in Sycamore Gap, Hadrians Wall

Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) in Sycamore Gap, Hadrians Wall. The wall is constructed on The Whin Sill, a layer of hard intrusive, volcanic Dolerite

Background imageDicot Collection: Oriolus oriolus, Eurasian golden oriole

Oriolus oriolus, Eurasian golden oriole
Plate 31 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 2 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageDicot Collection: Hydrangea hortensis, French hydrangea

Hydrangea hortensis, French hydrangea
Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), from his publication Choix des plus belles fleurs (The Most Beautiful Flowers), c. 1827-33

Background imageDicot Collection: Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow
Plate 30 from The Shape, Skeleton and Foliage of Thirty Two Species of Trees, 1786 by A. Cozens. The series was originally issued in 1771

Background imageDicot Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 9 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background imageDicot Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 7 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background imageDicot Collection: Durio zibethinus, durian fruit

Durio zibethinus, durian fruit
Plate 146 from the John Reeves Collection of Botanical Drawings from Canton, China. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male on a branch feeding on Rowan (Sorbus

Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male on a branch feeding on Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) berries, Leon, Spain, February

Background imageDicot Collection: Gossypium barbadense, cotton plant

Gossypium barbadense, cotton plant
Illustration from the Botany Library Plate Collection held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Telopea speciosissima, waratah

Telopea speciosissima, waratah
Drawing 432 from the Watling Collection by Port Jackson Painter, 1788-1797. Illustration entitled Warratta

Background imageDicot Collection: Quercus suber, cork oak

Quercus suber, cork oak
Plate 35 from `Le Regne Vegetal. Vol 16 1871. Originally called Chene liege in this publication the Cork Oak tree is now know by the name (Quercus suber)

Background imageDicot Collection: Ancient Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica), Lineover Wood, Gloucestershire UK

Ancient Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica), Lineover Wood, Gloucestershire UK. The second largest Beech tree in England. November 2015

Background imageDicot Collection: Devil s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, September

Devil s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, September. Digital composite

Background imageDicot Collection: Myristica sp. nutmeg

Myristica sp. nutmeg
Plate 73 from Botanicum Medicinale (1759) by Timothy Sheldrake. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Emberiza calandra, corn bunting

Emberiza calandra, corn bunting
Plate 26 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 3 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageDicot Collection: Heathland

Heathland
Original artwork for Heathland by Barbara Nicholson, signed B.E.N. copyright British Museum (Natural History) 1973, printed in England by Lund Humphries

Background imageDicot Collection: Scottish Pine Forest

Scottish Pine Forest poster with captions by Barbara Nicholson made for a printed wallchart. Signed B.EN, wallchart EB13, printed by Westerham Press, England

Background imageDicot Collection: Cephalotus follicularis, Australian pitcher plant

Cephalotus follicularis, Australian pitcher plant
An illustration by Ferdinand Bauer of an Australian pitcher plant, one of the few plants capable of trapping and digesting insects

Background imageDicot Collection: Calypte anna, Annas hummingbird

Calypte anna, Annas hummingbird

Background imageDicot Collection: Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) near Castellucio di Norcia

Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) near Castellucio di Norcia, Umbria, Italy, July

Background imageDicot Collection: Orangier des Gcnes, Arancio di Genova

Orangier des Gcnes, Arancio di Genova
Tab. 8 from Histoire naturelle des Orangers 1818-1820, by Antoine Risso (1777-1845)

Background imageDicot Collection: Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia

Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Gardenia florida

Background imageDicot Collection: Eucalyptus crebra, narrow leaved ironbark tree

Eucalyptus crebra, narrow leaved ironbark tree
Finished watercolour by Fred Polydore Nodder from an original outine drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageDicot Collection: Ocimum sanctum, holy basil

Ocimum sanctum, holy basil
An illustration of leaves and branches of holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), also known at Tulsi. By James Kerr (1738-1782). Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Citrus sinensis, sweet orange

Citrus sinensis, sweet orange

Background imageDicot Collection: Mangifera indica, mango

Mangifera indica, mango
Illustration from the Fleming Indian Drawings Collection, 1800. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Primula auricula, primrose

Primula auricula, primrose
Folio 78 from A Collection of Flowers (1795) by John Edwards. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Heathland

Heathland poster with captions by Barbara Nicholson, signed B.E.N. copyright British Museum (Natural History) 1973, printed in England by Lund Humphries

Background imageDicot Collection: Dahlia pinnata, pinnate dahlia

Dahlia pinnata, pinnate dahlia
Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), from his publication Choix des plus belles fleurs (The Most Beautiful Flowers), c. 1827-33

Background imageDicot Collection: Clematis viticella, Polish spirit

Clematis viticella, Polish spirit
Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), from his publication Choix des plus belles fleurs (The Most Beautiful Flowers), c. 1827-33

Background imageDicot Collection: Dicotyledon plant stem, light micrograph

Dicotyledon plant stem, light micrograph
Dicotyledon plant stem. Light micrograph of a longitudinal radial section through a typical dicotyledon stem. The section has passed through a vascular bundle and other stem tissue

Background imageDicot Collection: Vascular bundle, SEM

Vascular bundle, SEM
Vascular bundle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a section through a vascular bundle from a rootlet of a dicotyledon plant

Background imageDicot Collection: Hartland Quay and Sea pink / thrift (Armeria maritima) flowers on cliff top, Hartland

Hartland Quay and Sea pink / thrift (Armeria maritima) flowers on cliff top, Hartland, North Devon, UK, May 2013

Background imageDicot Collection: Puffin (Fratercula arctica) standing on flowering Sea thrift (Armeria maritima). Portrait

Puffin (Fratercula arctica) standing on flowering Sea thrift (Armeria maritima). Portrait. Fair Island, Shetland Islands, Scotland, July

Background imageDicot Collection: Panax pseudoginseng, tienchi ginseng

Panax pseudoginseng, tienchi ginseng
Illustration from the Botany Library Plate Collection held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Vegetable roots

Vegetable roots
Plate 4 from Le Regne Vegetal, Vol 12, Hort. Atlas (1870). Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London. Entitled Racines alimentaires

Background imageDicot Collection: Protea cynaroides, king protea

Protea cynaroides, king protea
Painting by Stephan Endlicher from Catalogus Horti Academici Vindobonensis pub.1842

Background imageDicot Collection: Humboldt and his party collecting plant

Humboldt and his party collecting plant
Specimens at the foot of Mount Chimborazo. Detail from Plate 25 Voyage aux Regions Equinoxiales by Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)

Background imageDicot Collection: Taraxacum officinale, dandelion (fruiting head)

Taraxacum officinale, dandelion (fruiting head)
Scanning electron microscope image showing a vertical section through an unripe fruiting head of a dandelion in the yellow flower stage. Colour added artificially by computer

Background imageDicot Collection: Picoides pubescens, downy woodpecker

Picoides pubescens, downy woodpecker
Plate 112 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1831-34), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageDicot Collection: Theobroma cacao, cocoa pod

Theobroma cacao, cocoa pod
Plate 49 from Neilgherry birds and Miscellaneous (1858) by Margaret Bushby Lascelles Cockburn (1829-1928)

Background imageDicot Collection: Dianthus barbatus, sweet william

Dianthus barbatus, sweet william
Folio 40 from A Collection of Flowers (1795) by John Edwards. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Mandragora officinarum, mandrake

Mandragora officinarum, mandrake
Illustration of the male and female mandrake, from The herbal of generall historie of plantes (1636) by John Gerard (1545-1612), edited by Thomas Johnson

Background imageDicot Collection: Prunus sp. peach (Grimwoods Royal George or Grosse Mignon

Prunus sp. peach (Grimwoods Royal George or Grosse Mignon
Plate 41 from Pomona Londinensis (1818) by William Hooker. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Daucus carota, carrot

Daucus carota, carrot
Illustration from the Botany Library Plate Collection held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDicot Collection: Acacia nilotica, prickly acacia tree

Acacia nilotica, prickly acacia tree
Finished watercolour by Fred Polydore Nodder from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771



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"Dicot: A Journey through Nature's Diversity" Explore the fascinating world of dicots, a diverse group of plants that includes some truly remarkable species. From the rare and elusive Franklinia alatamaha, also known as Franklinia, to the vibrant Hydrangea hortensis or French hydrangea, each dicot offers its own unique beauty. Find solace under the graceful branches of a Weeping Willow or marvel at the intricate patterns on insects found in Surinam. Discover the humble Gossypium barbadense, commonly known as cotton plant, which has played a significant role in shaping our history. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Scottish Pine Forest or wander through Lineover Wood in Gloucestershire UK, where ancient Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) stand tall with wisdom accumulated over centuries. Indulge your senses with Durio zibethinus - durian fruit's distinctive aroma and taste. Experience the serene beauty of heathland landscapes that harbor an array of unique flora and fauna. Savor Orangier des Gcnes or Arancio di Genova oranges for their exquisite flavor and fragrance. Uncover the secrets hidden within Myristica sp. , better known as nutmeg - a spice cherished for its warm essence. Lastly, witness nature's ingenuity with Cephalotus follicularis - Australian pitcher plant - showcasing its carnivorous adaptations to thrive in nutrient-poor environments. Dicots offer us glimpses into nature's vast creativity and resilience. They remind us of our interconnectedness with all living beings and inspire us to appreciate Earth's incredible biodiversity. Let these hints guide you on an awe-inspiring journey through this captivating realm.