Heberdenia bahamensis (Myrsinaceae) - Plate 395

Joseph Banks

Madeira (Part 19)

Line engraving by Daniel MacKenzie, after Sydney Parkinson (1768). Joseph Banks and his party saw this species at: Funchal, Madeira (13 September - 18 September 1768) Named after Dr. Thomas Heberden, chief physician in Tenerife and Madeira, this evergreen tree has green or yellowish-green flowers and purple-black fruits. The naturalists were told that the wood was used for the keel of boats and the staves of wine casks. Today it is used for cabinet work.


This print is also illustrated as Plate 2 on page 25 of Joseph Banks' Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage, published by Thames & Hudson Ltd 

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