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Angiosperm Collection

Angiosperms, also known as flowering plants, encompass a diverse array of botanical wonders that grace our planet

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Austalian estrildid finches

Austalian estrildid finches
An illustration by M. W. Woodcock of some Australian estrildids, published in Derek Goodwins Estrildid Finches of the World (1982). Page 96, Plate 2

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Banksia integrifolia, coastal banksia

Banksia integrifolia, coastal banksia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Franklinia alatamaha, franklinia

Franklinia alatamaha, franklinia
Drawing 1 (Ewan Frontispiece) from the Botanical and zoological drawings (1756-1788) by William Bartram

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) in Sycamore Gap, Hadrians Wall

Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) in Sycamore Gap, Hadrians Wall. The wall is constructed on The Whin Sill, a layer of hard intrusive, volcanic Dolerite

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Narcissus tazetta, tazetta daffodil

Narcissus tazetta, tazetta daffodil
Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), from his publication Choix des plus belles fleurs (The Most Beautiful Flowers), c. 1827-33. Illustration entitled Narcisse a plusieurs fleurs

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Hydrangea hortensis, French hydrangea

Hydrangea hortensis, French hydrangea
Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), from his publication Choix des plus belles fleurs (The Most Beautiful Flowers), c. 1827-33

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Flame lily (Gloriosa sp. )

Flame lily (Gloriosa sp. )
Flame lily ( Gloriosa sp. ) flower with openpetals and stamens topped by anthers

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Water lily (Nymphaea alba) flower underwater in lake, Ain, Alps, France, June

Water lily (Nymphaea alba) flower underwater in lake, Ain, Alps, France, June

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Livistona humilis, sand palm

Livistona humilis, sand palm
Plate 225 from Botanical Drawings from Australia (1801) by Ferdinand L Bauer (1760-1826)

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow
Plate 30 from The Shape, Skeleton and Foliage of Thirty Two Species of Trees, 1786 by A. Cozens. The series was originally issued in 1771

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 9 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 7 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) on Eype Down with Colmer's Hill in background, Bridport

Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) on Eype Down with Colmer's Hill in background, Bridport, Dorset, England, UK. May 2014

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Oak tree at sunrise

Oak tree at sunrise
Oak tree (Quercus sp.) silhouetted against the morning Sun

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Underwater view of Waterlilies (Nymphaea alba) in a lake. Alps, Ain, France, June

Underwater view of Waterlilies (Nymphaea alba) in a lake. Alps, Ain, France, June

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Waterlily (Nymphaea alba) flower which has opened underwater in a lake. Alps, Ain, France, June

Waterlily (Nymphaea alba) flower which has opened underwater in a lake. Alps, Ain, France, June

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Durio zibethinus, durian fruit

Durio zibethinus, durian fruit
Plate 146 from the John Reeves Collection of Botanical Drawings from Canton, China. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Northern pike (Esox lucius) amongst Shining pondweed (Potamogeton lucens)

Northern pike (Esox lucius) amongst Shining pondweed (Potamogeton lucens). Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland, September. Photographed for The Freshwater Project

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male on a branch feeding on Rowan (Sorbus

Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male on a branch feeding on Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) berries, Leon, Spain, February

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Oriolus oriolus, Eurasian golden oriole

Oriolus oriolus, Eurasian golden oriole
Plate 31 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 2 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Strelitzea sp. bird of paradise flower

Strelitzea sp. bird of paradise flower
Plate 911 from the John Reeves Collection of Botanical Drawings from Canton, China. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Gossypium barbadense, cotton plant

Gossypium barbadense, cotton plant
Illustration from the Botany Library Plate Collection held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Telopea speciosissima, waratah

Telopea speciosissima, waratah
Drawing 432 from the Watling Collection by Port Jackson Painter, 1788-1797. Illustration entitled Warratta

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Scottish Pine Forest

Scottish Pine Forest poster with captions by Barbara Nicholson made for a printed wallchart. Signed B.EN, wallchart EB13, printed by Westerham Press, England

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Quercus suber, cork oak

Quercus suber, cork oak
Plate 35 from `Le Regne Vegetal. Vol 16 1871. Originally called Chene liege in this publication the Cork Oak tree is now know by the name (Quercus suber)

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Methodus plantarum sexalis in sistemate naturae descripta

Methodus plantarum sexalis in sistemate naturae descripta
Watercolour by George Ehret Dionysius (1708- 1770), 1736. Original artwork held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Snowdrop (Galanthus Sp. ) single flower in snow, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, February

Snowdrop (Galanthus Sp. ) single flower in snow, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, February
Snowdrop (Galanthus Sp.) single flower in snow, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, February

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Ancient Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica), Lineover Wood, Gloucestershire UK

Ancient Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica), Lineover Wood, Gloucestershire UK. The second largest Beech tree in England. November 2015

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Devil s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, September

Devil s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, September. Digital composite

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Myristica sp. nutmeg

Myristica sp. nutmeg
Plate 73 from Botanicum Medicinale (1759) by Timothy Sheldrake. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Emberiza calandra, corn bunting

Emberiza calandra, corn bunting
Plate 26 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 3 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Elaeis guineensis Jacq. African oil palm

Elaeis guineensis Jacq. African oil palm
Illustration from the Botany Library Plate Collection held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Heathland

Heathland
Original artwork for Heathland by Barbara Nicholson, signed B.E.N. copyright British Museum (Natural History) 1973, printed in England by Lund Humphries

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Cephalotus follicularis, Australian pitcher plant

Cephalotus follicularis, Australian pitcher plant
An illustration by Ferdinand Bauer of an Australian pitcher plant, one of the few plants capable of trapping and digesting insects

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Heathland

Heathland poster with captions by Barbara Nicholson, signed B.E.N. copyright British Museum (Natural History) 1973, printed in England by Lund Humphries

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Calypte anna, Annas hummingbird

Calypte anna, Annas hummingbird

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) near Castellucio di Norcia

Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) near Castellucio di Norcia, Umbria, Italy, July

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: New Forest, UK

New Forest, UK
New Forest. Beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees in Mark Ash Wood, New Forest, UK, in October

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Coffee plant, 19th century C016 / 5141

Coffee plant, 19th century C016 / 5141
Coffee plant, 19th-century artwork. The illustration is captioned in French as Cafier d arabic. This artwork is from Phytographie Medicale (Paris, 1821-4) by French botanist Joseph R

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Orangier des Gcnes, Arancio di Genova

Orangier des Gcnes, Arancio di Genova
Tab. 8 from Histoire naturelle des Orangers 1818-1820, by Antoine Risso (1777-1845)

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia

Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Gardenia florida

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Eucalyptus crebra, narrow leaved ironbark tree

Eucalyptus crebra, narrow leaved ironbark tree
Finished watercolour by Fred Polydore Nodder from an original outine drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Ocimum sanctum, holy basil

Ocimum sanctum, holy basil
An illustration of leaves and branches of holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), also known at Tulsi. By James Kerr (1738-1782). Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Ophrys apifera, bee orchid

Ophrys apifera, bee orchid
Watercolour by Arthur Harry Church, 17 June 1913

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Citrus sinensis, sweet orange

Citrus sinensis, sweet orange

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Mangifera indica, mango

Mangifera indica, mango
Illustration from the Fleming Indian Drawings Collection, 1800. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Primula auricula, primrose

Primula auricula, primrose
Folio 78 from A Collection of Flowers (1795) by John Edwards. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAngiosperm Collection: Cypripedium reginae, ladys slipper orchid. Also known as pi

Cypripedium reginae, ladys slipper orchid. Also known as pi
Although the current name of this orchid is Cypripedium reginae, the name on the original plate reads Cypripedium spectabile, which may have been the name accepted at the time



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Angiosperms, also known as flowering plants, encompass a diverse array of botanical wonders that grace our planet. From the elegant Franklinia alatamaha, commonly referred to as Franklinia, to the vibrant Hydrangea hortensis or French hydrangea, these angiosperms captivate us with their beauty. In serene landscapes like the Scottish Pine Forest or Lineover Wood in Gloucestershire UK, ancient Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) stand tall and majestic. Their presence reminds us of nature's resilience and timelessness. As we wander through heathlands adorned with delicate Narcissus tazetta daffodils or marvel at Weeping Willows swaying gracefully in the breeze, it becomes evident that angiosperms have an enchanting ability to transform any environment into a picturesque scene. Underneath tranquil lakes like Ain in the Alps region of France lies another captivating sight: Water lilies (Nymphaea alba) blooming underwater. These ethereal flowers create a mesmerizing underwater view that leaves us breathless. Even insects are drawn to the allure of angiosperms. In Surinam's rich biodiversity hotspot, they flit from one flower to another, pollinating and perpetuating life within this intricate ecosystem. Gossypium barbadense or cotton plants remind us of humanity's reliance on angiosperms for sustenance and materials essential for our daily lives. They serve as a reminder of how deeply intertwined we are with these remarkable organisms. Whether submerged beneath crystal-clear waters or thriving amidst lush greenery on land, angiosperms continue to inspire awe and wonder wherever they bloom. With their vast diversity and undeniable beauty, they remind us why nature is truly an extraordinary masterpiece worth preserving for generations to come.