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Image number: RS.18836
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Red frangipani




Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference





Content object

   > plant
      > flower


Botanical study of a red frangipani specimen, Plumeria rubra, referred to here as Plumeria flore roseo, showing stem, leaves and flowers.

Written in the associated description: 'The Leaves grow many of them together, they are about seven or eight Inches in Length, and two or three broad, of a shining Green. The Flowers are tubulous, and are divided into five Segments; they are of a Rose Colour, and very fragrant.'

Plate 92 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
         > Florida
<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
         > Carolinas
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas