Some old free botanical cacti art today from the book: “Iconographie descriptive des cactees, ou, Essais systematiques et raisonnes sur l’histoire naturelle, la classification et la culture des plantes de cette famille“. Which translates (roughly) to: Featured iconography cacti, or systematic and reasoned essays on natural history, classification and cultivation of plants in this family. Quite the title. It’s by a certain Ch. Lemaire and was published in Paris between 1841 and 1847. Images are free to use as you wish. It comes to us, one again, care of the outstanding Biodiversity Heritage Library. The first name given below is the one on the original plate (which you can check by zooming in on the image), the second name in brackets is the currently accepted species name as ascertained by BHL. We are not totally convinced they are all correct and further checking maybe necessary. Names are a quagmire as we have seen before. The name aside, these are some beautiful paintings – showing architectural stems, erupting flowers and elegant spines (which are actually modified leaves) of this majestic plant family – Cactaceae.
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