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Banyan Tree, Calcutta

This photograph shows a Banyan tree in Barrackpore Park, Calcutta. Two men are in the foreground, one sitting, one standing. It was taken by Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) in 1864. Barrackpore,...

Adansonia digitata Calcutta Cyclone, 1864

This albumen print on photographic paper is part of a collection of 44 photographs once belonging to John Reader Jackson (1837-1920) who was a curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens,...

Elephant creeper

Elephant creeper is an important herb in traditional Indian medicine. The root is used to treat rheumatism and neurological disorders and has anti-inflammatory properties. However, a range of undesirable side...

Botanical drawing, boerhaavia

The shoots and leaves of this plant can be eaten as a vegetable while the root can be used to treat worms. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the...

Dwarf white bauhinia

The bark, flowers and roots of the white bauhinia or orchid-tree (Bauhinia acuminata) are all used in Ayurvedic medicine in India, primarily against skin diseases, and a paste of the...

Oleander

All parts of the oleander plant (Nerium odorum) are very poisonous. If ingested it can cause heart failure, with symptoms similar to those caused by foxglove (Digitalis) juice; like digitalis...

Indian pellet shrub

The roots and leaves of the Indian pellet shrub are used to treat jaundice, piles and urinary diseases. Some drawings in this collection, including this one are signed on the reverse....

Botanical drawing, kadam

Kadam (Neolamarckia cadamba) is a very fast-growing tree, used for its cheap, light wood, which is made into packing cases, tea chests and disposable chopsticks. The leaves are used medicinally...

Botanical drawing, suryavarti

Suryavarti is used to treat jaundice, promote wound healing as a laxative and as a remedy for coughs and colds. Some drawings in this collection, such as this one, are...