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Scientific Illustration


Scientific illustration of plants is an important aspect of the larger realm of botanical art, defined by its purpose as an aid to the study and classification of plants. Botanists and illustrators work together with a synergistic relationship that results in illustrations specifically designed to complement text. Botanical illustrations are used to illustrate floras, monographs, field guides and research papers. The artists follow well-established conventions, including a preference for black and white work, an ability to create drawings from herbarium specimens and an attention to detailed magnifications of diagnostic characters. Technical accuracy is essential but the boundaries between art and illustration are indistinct, often separated more by purpose than style.


Anthurium ramoncaracasii (Araceae)

Plate Number: 3374

brush & ink

© Smithsonian Institution

Department of Botany

Artist: Alice Tangerini

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All artwork copyrighted by the artist. Copying, saving, reposting, or republishing of artwork prohibited without express permission of the artist.

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