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Capparis lucida: Plate 6

Capparis lucida: Plate 6

Engraved plate

Capparis lucida plate


Plate 6 from Banks' Florilegium shows Capparis lucida (Capparidaceae). Capparis lucida, also known as the coast caper, is a spreading shrub with edible berries and shiny leaves. It grows in Indonesia, Timor and tropical Australia. The glossy leaves gave the plant its name: 'lucida' means 'shining' in Latin.

Photo: George Serras.

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Capparis lucida specimens


Solander recorded that the specimen was collected from islands near Point Fear. It is believed that this refers to either Lizard Island or Booby Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Courtesy: Royal National Botanical Gardens.


Sketch of Capparis lucida


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


Watercolour of Capparis lucida


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