Gesneria grandis


  • Current Name: Rhytidophyllum grande
  • Publisher/Editor, Year: Turpin, Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles, 1829
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An early print of this genus, although not the first. Note the leaf damage at lower right, not something usually shown. Most prints were based on images of plants painted from perfect cultivated examples.  Perhaps this one was based on herbarium material. If so, the artist has done a remarkable job of infusing life into pressed dried plant matter.