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Dillenia alata: Plate 1

Dillenia alata: Plate 1

Engraved plate

Engraving of Dillenia alata, plate 1


Plate 1 from Banks' Florilegium shows Dillenia alata (Dilleniaceae). Dillenia alata, commonly known as red beech, or the golden guinea tree, grows in swampy depressions around Cairns, Queensland. Its large, showy yellow flowers only last for one day.

This plate was engraved by Gerald Sibelius.

Photo: George Serras.

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 Dillenia alata specimens


The Dillenia alata specimens were collected by Banks and Solander at Endeavour River, Queensland. Courtesy: Royal National Botanic Gardens.


sketch of Dillenia alata


This sketch was completed by Endeavour artist Sydney Parkinson in 1770. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.


Watercolour of Dillenia alata


This watercolour, based on Parkinson's sketch, was painted by Frederick Polydore Nodder in 1778. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.