image lindley j_edwardss botanical register_v1_plate 6
Image number: RS.17630
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Mediterranean spurge

Date

1838

Creator

S Watts (fl. 1830s, British), Engraver

After

Sarah Anne Drake (1803-1857, British), Illustrator

Object type

Library reference

49461

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 247mm
width (print): 150mm

Subject

Biology
   > Botany

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

Botanical study of the Mediterranean spurge Euphorbia characias, here referred to as the Venetian euphorbia Euphobia veneta. The plant is native to Europe. The plate shows flowers and leaves, with a detail of the plant’s reproductive organs.

Plate 6 from Edwards’s botanical register…edited by John Lindley, new series v.1, (London, James Ridgway and Sons, 1838). The plate is inscribed ‘6’ above; and below ‘Miss Drake del. Pub. by J. Ridgway 169 Piccadilly Feby.1 1838. S Watts. sc.’

In the associated text, the author states that this is: ‘A fine half-shrubby ever-green plant, inhabiting not only the vicinity of Venice, but the country about Nice and Genoa, Dalmatia, Friuli, and elsewhere in the same part of Europe…The specimens from which the drawing was made, were communicated by the Hon. W.F. Strangways, from his garden at Abbotsbury.’

John Lindley (1799-1865) British botanist and horticulturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1828.

Sarah Anne Drake (1803-1857), British botanical artist, was a long-term associate of the Lindley family and a prolific illustrator for James Lindley.

Associated place