Thespesia populnea (Malvaceae) - Plate 591

Joseph Banks

Society Islands (Parts 28 - 31)

Line engraving by Daniel MacKenzie, after Sydney Parkinson (1769) Joseph Banks and his party saw this species at: Otaheite, Society Islands (13 April-1 June and 4 June-13 July 1769) Commonly called the Portia tree, this is a handsome small tree growing on and near the seashores. Its beautiful yellow flowers turn reddish late in the day. The wood is prized by Pacific peoples for carving.


This print is also illustrated as Plate 23 on page 65 of Joseph Banks' Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage, published by Thames & Hudson Ltd 

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