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Image number: RS.18826
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Cross vine




Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

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Library reference





Content object


Botanical study of a cross vine specimen, Bignonia capreolata, referred to here as Bignonia Americana, showing the stem, leaves and flowers, and a detail view of the seed case [left as viewed].

Written in the associated description: ‘These Plants usually grow on the shady Banks of Rivers, rising with many slender pliant Stems to the Height of twenty, and sometimes thirty Feet, being supported by Trees and Shrubs, growing near them, on which they climb and clasp their Tendrils.’

Plate 82 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas