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Australian Heath-leaved Dillwynia ericifolia, Sm. Original lithograph c1896

Australian Heath-leaved Dillwynia ericifolia, Sm. Original lithograph c1896

by Maiden, J.H.

Original Dillwynia lithograph published in 1896 for J.H. Maiden's "The Flowering Plants and Ferns of New South Wales", to familiarize the public with the Colony's principal flowering shrubs, plants, ferns, and forest trees - with titles of both botanical and common names.  Pretty illustration (240 x 180mm) of the flower with dissections and foliage. Named Dillwynia in honour of Lewis Weston Dillwyn, and Ericifolia for Erica (heath) for its heath-like erect growth habit, it growns to around a metre high and is found throughout Australia except in Western Australia - flowering prolifically and almost continually.

Dillwynia ericifolia was named by English botanist Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828), who trained in medicine and lectured in botany at Guy's Hospital in London from 1788-1796. On the advice of Sir Joseph Banks, in 1784 Smith purchased the collection of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, and founded the Linnean Society in 1788. He remained President of the Society until his death. Sir James Smith published widely on Australian plants, and contributed to the First Fleet's Surgeon-General of New South Wales, John White's "Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales" (1790). J.E. Smith published his own "A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland.." between 1793 and 1795.

This lovely Dillwynia antique print measures approximately 240 x 180mm (9.5 x 7 inches).

Stock Number: apJHM12Price: $160.00