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Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, 1st Baronet

Michael Seymour joined the navy in 1780 on the sloop Merlin with Captain James Luttrell, with whom he served for three years on the Portland, the Mediator and the Ganges....

Henna

An orange-red dye is produced when the leaves and young shoots of the henna (Lawsonia inermis) plant are crushed to a powder and mixed with tea and lemon juice. The...

Striped hawk-moth

Frank Lees found this female hawk-moth larva as an egg on bedstraw 4 May 1952. He preserved it 27 June 1952....

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...

Flame-of-the-forest or dhak tree

The flame-of-the-forest or dhak tree (Butea monosperma) is associated with fire in Hindu mythology and is sacred in Buddhism. It produces a ruby-coloured gum when wounded, and is also the...

Bead tree or chinaberry

The bead tree or chinaberry (Melia azedarach) has round orange fruits, around 1.5 cm across, hang in large, loose bunches on the leafless tree through the winter. The hard seeds...

Musk mallow

Musk mallow (Abelmoschus moschatus) is a beautiful hibiscus-like herb well-known in warm parts of India and China for its medicinal uses. Seeds, roots and leaves are used in Ayurvedic and...