image lindley j_edwardss botanical register_v1_plate 33
Image number: RS.17653
Credit: ©The Royal Society

White thunia

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 White thunia orchid Thunia alba, here referred to as the White phaius Phaius albus. The plant is native to the regions around the Himalayas including China and India. The plate shows flowers and leaves.

Plate 33 from Edwards’s botanical register…edited by John Lindley, new series v.1, (London, James Ridgway and Sons, 1838). The plate is inscribed ‘33’ above; and below ‘Miss Drake del. Pub by J. Ridgway, 169 Piccadilly June 1. 1838. S. Watts sc.’

In the associated text, the author states that: ‘This lovely plant was originally found by Dr. Wallich upon Mount Chandaghiry in Nepal, growing on trees; and subsequently it was sent down from the frontiers of Silhet by Francis de Silva, a collector in the pay of the Botanic Gardens, Calcutta…The accompanying drawing was made at Messrs. Loddiges in July 1837.’

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

<The World>
   > Asia
      > China
<The World>
   > Asia
      > India