Originally published in the February 2007 issue of Artists’ Botany, this article has been freshened up with updated links.In publication since 1787, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine is best known in botanical art circles for the artwork contained within its pages. The artwork, however, should not overshadow the scientific information contained in each issue. Detailed descriptions of each featured plant are called “plant portraits.” Portraits can contain information about a plant’s cultivation, its taxonomic history, its historical uses, its habitat, its conservation status, plus a lot more. If you have not browsed through an issue of this journal, you can view article abstracts online. In the ArtPlantae Science Library, you will find the following issues: Volume 20 (2003) – Volume 25 (2008). Descriptions of the contents of each issue can be viewed in the Journals section of the Science Library.
The image of a wallflower is from Redouté Flowers and Fruits, a CD-ROM and book containing permission-free images.
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