image lindley j_edwardss botanical register_v1_plate 28
Image number: RS.17648
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Mediterranean ornithogalum

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

Description

Botanical study of the Mediterranean ornithogalum Ornithogalum montanum, here referred to as the Mountain ornithogalum. The plant is native to southern Europe. The plate shows flowers and leaves, with two details of the stamens and ovary.

Plate 28 from Edwards’s botanical register…edited by John Lindley, new series v.1, (London, James Ridgway and Sons, 1838). The plate is inscribed ‘28’ above; and below ‘Miss Drake del. Pub by J. Ridgway, 169 Piccadilly May 1838. S. Watts sc.’

In the associated text, the author states that this is: ‘A hardy bulbous plant, for which I have to thank the Hon. W.F. Strangways, who has several times sent it from the choice collection at Abbotsbury…According to Signor Gussone it is a common plant, every where, in the mountain pastures of Sicily…Professor Tenore finds it in the kingdom of Naples…’

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.

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