Kew at the British Museum

India Landscape

1 May – 11 October 2009  /  West Lawn, British Museum forecourt  /  Exhibition closed

Plants in the India Landscape

This display of plants and trees illustrates the immense range of Indian botanical plant diversity. The climatic variation of the Indian subcontinent is suggested by dividing the planting into three geographical zones, representing a journey from north to south.


Graphic plan of India Landscape

1.

Holy basil

Holy Basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum

2.

Drawing of a Betel nut plam

'Betel nut' palm

Areca catechu

3.

Photography of a leaf from the Peepul tree

Peepul

Ficus religiosa

4.

Drawing of lotus flower

Lotus

Nelumbo nucifera

5.

Photograph of Coconut palm

Coconut palm

Cocos nucifera

6.

Photograph of Himalayan walnut

Himalayan walnut

Juglans regia

7.

Drawing of a French marigold

French marigold

Tagetes patula

8.

Drawing of Cranesbill flower

Cranesbill

Geranium wallichianum

9.

Drawing of branch from the Banyan tree

Banyan

Ficus benghalensis

10.

Photography of Scholar tree

Scholar tree

Alstonia scholaris

11.

Photography of Bamboo

Bamboo

Bambusa vulgaris

12.

Photograph of Mango fruit

Mango

Mangifera indica

13.

Photgraphy of Himalayan blue poppy flower

Himalayan blue poppy

Meconopsis betonicifolia

14.

Photography of Purple roscoea flower

Purple roscoea

Roscoea purpurea

15.

Photograph of Sweet box plant

Sweet box

Sarcococca hookeriana

There is more information about some of these plants on Kew's plantcultures.org website:
Banyan, Betelnut, Coconut, Holy basil, Lotus, Mango, French marigold.

Image credits:
2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 © RBG Kew
3, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 © Richard Wilford, RBG Kew
6 © Graham Titchmarsh, RHS Herbarium

 

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