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Sesuvium portulacastrum, sea purslane

Sesuvium portulacastrum, sea purslane


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Sesuvium portulacastrum, sea purslane

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

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18th Century Aizoaceae Brazil Captain Cook Captain James Cook Caryophyllales Cook Endeavour Eudicot First Purslane South America South American Sydney Parkinson Angiospermae Dicot Dicotyledon Magnoliophyta Portulaca Sea Purslane Sesuvium Sesuvium Portulacastrum


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This exquisite watercolour painting depicts Sesuvium portulacastrum, commonly known as sea purslane, captured by the skilled hand of Sydney Parkinson during Captain James Cook's historic first voyage across the Pacific Ocean, between 1768 and 1771. The voyage, aboard the HMS Endeavour, marked a significant milestone in the exploration and documentation of the South American coastline. Sesuvium portulacastrum, a member of the Aizoaceae family, is an angiosperm, a type of flowering plant that produces seeds enclosed in an ovary. This particular specimen is a eudicot, meaning it has two embryonic seed leaves (cotyledons), and is also classified within the Caryophyllales order, the pink or carnation order. The vibrant, red-tinged leaves of this succulent plant are arranged in a rosette, with small, yellow flowers emerging at the tips. Sea purslane is native to the shores of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, thriving in tropical and subtropical regions. It is often found growing in sandy or rocky environments, making it an ideal subject for Parkinson's keen observation and artistic interpretation. Parkinson's detailed illustration of sea purslane offers a glimpse into the natural world that Cook and his crew encountered during their journey. The painting not only showcases the beauty of this flowering plant but also serves as an essential record of the botanical discoveries made during the voyage. This magnificent watercolour, created in the 18th century, is a testament to the artistic and scientific achievements of the time. Sydney Parkinson's meticulous work continues to captivate and inspire, providing a window into the rich biodiversity of the natural world and the spirit of exploration that defined the Age of Discovery.

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