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Indian botanical drawings

Indian botanical drawings discovered to be by three of the most renowned late 18th-century Indian painters – Sheikh Zain al-Din, Bhawani Das and Ram Das.

Photograph album

Dr. Emma Martin, pers comm, 16/02/2019 “National Archives India; Foreign Department, International. June 1906. Nos. 101-106 Part B."From: The Hon’ble Mr A Williams in Mysore To - S M Fraser Esq...

Turquiose crossandra

Turquiose crossandra has long been valued medicinally in India, as a treatment for gout, rheumatism and jaundice. Recent tests have shown that an extract of the roots is an antioxidant...

Areca nut palm or betelnut tree

The areca palm (Areca catechu) is found from India and Indo-china, south to Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. It has a tall trunk to 15 m and rather floppy pinnate...

Jujube tree

India is one of the largest silk-producing countries in the world. Silk is produced by boiling silk moth cocoons to release the long fibres the caterpillar made them from. The...

Flame lily or glory lily

The whole plant is very poisonous. It contains colchicine which interferes with the way cells divide and can cause abnormalities. In southern India it is used in Ayurvedic medicine for...

Botanical drawing, agathi

The flower buds and young seedpods and leaves of agathi (Sesbania grandiflora) can be eaten as a vegetable, and are commonly used in Thai cuisine. It is wild in tropical...