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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...

Malabar or Ceylon spinach

Malabar or Ceylon spinach is often grown as a substitute for real spinach and is an excellent source of vitamins. Its leaves are good for use as a mild laxative. In...

Screw pine

Screw pines have fragrant flowers with a strong fruity smell. They are often used as a perfume and to flavour food. The plant is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a...

Dayflower

Dayflowers are eaten by humans and animals in countries such as Pakistan, India and Nepal. It is also used medicinally in China as a diuretic and in Pakistan as a...

Sunn hemp or madras hemp

Sunn hemp or madras hemp (Crotalaria juncea) has long been used as a fibre plant in India.The fibre is stronger than standard hemp, especially when wet; the plant is also...

Leaf insects on rambutan

Two leaf insects are depicted (Phyllium bioculatum) feeding on rambutan leaves. Rambutan fruits look s similar to lychees and can be eaten. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the...

Rose apple or malabar plum

The rose apple or malabar plum (Syzygium jambos) is usually grown for its fragrant edible fruit, which may be pale green, yellow or reddish. In spite of the English names,...

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...