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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,...

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. It has one more moult to go through before...

Arrowleaf pondweed

The leaves of arrowleaf pondweed (Monochoria hastata) are sometimes eaten as a vegetable. In Ayurvedic medicine they are used for the treatment of pimples and wounds, and as a diuretic. In...

Malabar nut tree

Leaves of the malabar nut tree are used to control bleeding from various sources and causes as well as respiratory disorders. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the East...

Botanical drawing, kanjero

Kanjero (Digera muricata) has been used to treat digestive complaints, urinary disorders and leaf paste is applied to prevent pus formation. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the East...

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...

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...

Botanical drawing, uttran

Uttran (Pergularia daemia) is an important Ayurvedic herb, used for a variety of ailments. It relieves asthma and catarrh, its leaves can be used against intestinal worms and will relieve...