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Fan

This fan has sticks of ivory with a painted paper leaf. It shows three scenes of Naples, with the central scene showing the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius erupting....

Striped hawk-moth

The striped hawk-moth is an uncommon immigrant to the southern UK. It can be seen April-October but is more common in the summer months. Frank Lees bred this specimen from...

Acacia

Menthol extracted from the bark has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the East India Company controlled much of the...

Botanical drawing, tamarisk

Tamarisk (Tamarix dioica) was used to treat a variety of complaints including diarrhoea and sore throats. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the East India Company controlled much of...

Ceylon caper

The Ceylon caper’s (Capparis zeylanica) flower buds are usually eaten pickled. The leaves, buds and young fruits are said to contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant compounds. It is the bark...

Indian almond

The Indian almond (Terminalia catappa) is not related to the true almond. The timber is good and of a rich reddish colour and the leaves can be used to feed...