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Angiospermae Collection

Angiospermae, also known as flowering plants, encompass a vast array of botanical wonders

Background imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae Collection: Flowering machair, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July

Flowering machair, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July

Background imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae Collection: Franklinia alatamaha, franklinia

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

Background imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae Collection: Livistona humilis, sand palm

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

Background imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae Collection: Calypte anna, Annas hummingbird

Calypte anna, Annas hummingbird

Background imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae Collection: Gossypium barbadense, cotton plant

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

Background imageAngiospermae Collection: Telopea speciosissima, waratah

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

Background imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae Collection: Ophrys apifera, bee orchid

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

Background imageAngiospermae Collection: Citrus sinensis, sweet orange

Citrus sinensis, sweet orange

Background imageAngiospermae 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 imageAngiospermae 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

Background imageAngiospermae Collection: Dahlia pinnata, pinnate dahlia

Dahlia pinnata, pinnate dahlia
Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), from his publication Choix des plus belles fleurs (The Most Beautiful Flowers), c. 1827-33

Background imageAngiospermae Collection: Clematis viticella, Polish spirit

Clematis viticella, Polish spirit
Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), from his publication Choix des plus belles fleurs (The Most Beautiful Flowers), c. 1827-33

Background imageAngiospermae Collection: Hartland Quay and Sea pink / thrift (Armeria maritima) flowers on cliff top, Hartland

Hartland Quay and Sea pink / thrift (Armeria maritima) flowers on cliff top, Hartland, North Devon, UK, May 2013

Background imageAngiospermae Collection: Juniperus communis, juniper

Juniperus communis, juniper
Plate 53 from Botanicum Medicinale (1759) by Timothy Sheldrake. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London



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Angiospermae, also known as flowering plants, encompass a vast array of botanical wonders. From the delicate and rare Franklinia alatamaha, commonly referred to as the Franklinia, to the vibrant Hydrangea hortensis or French hydrangea, these plants captivate us with their beauty. One cannot help but be enchanted by the graceful Weeping Willow trees that elegantly drape their branches towards the ground. And beneath serene lakes in France's breathtaking Alps, Water lilies like Nymphaea alba bloom underwater in June, creating an ethereal sight. The Narcissus tazetta or tazetta daffodil brings joy with its cheerful yellow blooms while insects of Surinam add a touch of intrigue and wonder to our natural world. Another captivating waterlily (Nymphaea alba) opens its petals underwater in a lake nestled amidst the majestic Alps of Ain, France. Gossypium barbadense or cotton plant reminds us of nature's versatility and how it has shaped human civilization for centuries. Scottish Pine Forests evoke images of misty landscapes and ancient tales whispered among towering trees. Meanwhile, heathlands offer a glimpse into unique ecosystems teeming with life. Ancient Beech trees stand tall in Lineover Wood located in Gloucestershire UK; they bear witness to generations passing through time. Lastly, Durio zibethinus presents itself as an exotic fruit known as durian - infamous for its pungent aroma yet beloved by many for its rich flavor. Angiospermae encompasses all these diverse species and more – each holding secrets waiting to be discovered by those who appreciate nature's boundless marvels.