Bolus Herbarium Collection

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In the early 1900s, two artists, Mary Page and Beatrice Carter, were employed by the Bolus Herbarium to illustrate a hugely diverse family of succulent plants, which are almost endemic to Southern Africa. Their delicate, precise and vividly coloured botanical drawings are now freely accessible online. These are illustrations of species of the plant family Aizoaceae (Vygies).


Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. From National Botanical Garden rockery, Kirstenbosch, June 1933. Bolus Herbarium No: 20504, the whole plant in fruit, 17 June 1933. Bolus Herbarium No: 20505, the plant in full flower. White flower.
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made by P.R. Frames (sub-National Botanical Garden 102/28), Swellendam.
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made at Eight Bells, Robinson Pass, between Oudtshoorn and George [Mossel Bay District]. by I de Jager, September 1937.
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed are included plus dissected flower in attached capsule. Bolus Herbarium Number: 17362. Information given on the reverse side of the illustration: Hort. Dr Marloth, May 1923. Flowers � inch across. Flowers vary to nearly white, and also in size. This specimen is very large, those at Kirstenbosch are smaller in all dimensions. [National Botanical Garden1174/17 Page, Britstown; National Botanical Garden207/17 Black, Mossel Bay].
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed are included plus dissected flower in attached capsule. Plant collected by M.G. Lavis (Bolus Herbarium 21383), Bredasdorp. It flowered in the pot July-August 1938.
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Of very young flower, old flower turning pink and a white flower. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included plus black & white photograph. Drawn from a collection made by Van der Merwe (National Botanical Garden 1192/28), Swellendam. Diameter of flower 4.4cm; Length of petal 1.6cm; Width of petal 2.5mm; Stamens of petals 5mm; Across disc 7mm; Stigma 3mm; Across receptacle 9mm.
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made on the road from Swellendam to Bredasdorp by E.E. Galpin, (National Botanical Garden 13/31)
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made on the foothills of the Zonder Einde Range [Riviersonderend Mountain Range]near Oude Kraal [Oudekraal farm], Bonnievale by E.E. Esterhuysen (National Botanical Garden 2818/35) on the 25 September 1935. Sent to Mrs HML Bolus. From the veldt.
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made at Great Brak River, near Mossel Bay by Helm (National Botanical Garden 1761/32).
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made by M.G. Lavis (Bolus Herbarium 21383), Bredasdorp. Half this material dried and some in pot outside.
Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. [No particulars given. Plant species endemic to South Africa; Western Cape Provincial distribution].
Acrodon subulatus (Mill.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon subulatus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from collection made A.J.M. Middlemost (sub-National Botanical Garden 2703/27), Villiersdorp [Caledon District].
Acrodon subulatus (Mill.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Acrodon bellidiflorus. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Plant with deep pink flowers was from the rockery of the National Botanical Garden and had no further particulars of its collector or origin. Bolus Herbarium Number: 20505.
Aloinopsis rosulata (Kensit) Schwantes
Botanical illustration - coloured - Aloinopsis rosulata. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made in the Miller District by V.S. Peers, (National Botanical Garden 1271/25). Open fully at 3pm. 26 May 1926? Added drawing/ date of drawing
Aloinopsis rosulata (Kensit) Schwantes
Botanical illustration - coloured - Aloinopsis rosulata. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn in July 1931 from a collection made near Klipplaat by V.S. Peers (National Botanical Garden 924/30).
Aloinopsis rosulata (Kensit) Schwantes
Botanical illustration - black & white - Aloinopsis rosulata. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made at Beaufort West by I. de Jager, August 1929 and drawings made of fruit and dried material, September 1929.
Aloinopsis rubrolineata (N.E.Br.) Schwantes
Botanical illustration - coloured - Aloinopsis rubrolineata. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. National Botanical Garden Number: 1134/31? Cradock. [This may be equivalent to 1134/31 Cradock plant drawn by B.O. Carter, August 1933 (probably Stellenbosch University Garden No. 9632) placed in Nananthus].Diameter of flower 2.2cm; Length of petal 7mm; Width of petal up to almost 2mm; Bearded stamens up to almost 5.5mm; Stigma 4mm; Across disc 8mm.
Aloinopsis rubrolineata (N.E.Br.) Schwantes
Botanical illustration - coloured - Aloinopsis rubrolineata. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a plant grown by C.N. Knox-Davies (National Botanical Garden 749/30). Only one flower. This illustration was split from Mesem Plate No. 1700. Across disc 1.1cm; Stigma 2.5mm.
Aloinopsis rubrolineata (N.E.Br.) Schwantes? INCERTAE
Botanical illustration - coloured - Aloinopsis rubrolineata. [?] Drawn from a collection made by J. Luckhoff (National Botanical Garden 1697/25). This illustration was split from Mesem Plate No. 33.
Amphibolia rupis-arcuatae (Dinter) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Amphibolia rupis-arcuatae. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed are included plus fruit and leaves. Drawn from a collection made along the sandy coast belt between Port Nolloth and Holgat by V.S. Peers (5032) . Bushes dense, approximately 1 foot high, petals pink.
Amphibolia rupis-arcuatae (Dinter) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Amphibolia rupis-arcuatae. Dissected flower in attached capsule. Drawn from a collection made between Brakfontein and Fifteen Mile Mountain [Vyftienmyl se Berge], Little Namaqualand by V.S. Peers (5072) , October 1926
Antimima aristulata (Sond.) Chess. & Gideon F.Sm.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima aristulata. Dissected drawings of flowers/fruit/leaves are included plus fruit in attached capsule. Drawn from a collection made by M.M. Page (Bolus Herbarium 17391), August 1923. Common on Signal Hill, between Tambours Kloof and Green Point [Cape Town].
Antimima aristulata (Sond.) Chess. & Gideon F.Sm.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima aristulata. Drawings of flowers & leaves are included. Hort. N.S. Pillans. (National Botanical Garden 370/16). No locality details given. [Found behind barcoded specimen Bolus Herbarium 129525]. Diameter of flower 2 cm.
Antimima bina (L.Bolus) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima bina. Dissected drawings of flowers & leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made from Pakhuis, Clanwilliam District by H.M.L. Bolus (sub-Bolus Herbarium 20747), 1933. Type plant no. Bolus Herbarium 19610.
Antimima bina (L.Bolus) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima bina. Dissected drawings of flowers & leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made at Bitterfontein by V.S. Peers (B10), 1936. Fruiting plant and capsule illustration added in August 1938.
Antimima bracteata (L.Bolus) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima bracteata. Dissected drawings of flowers/fruit are included. Brought in by Mrs H.M.L. Bolus.
Antimima concinna (L.Bolus) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - pencil sketch - Antimima concinna. Dissected flower. Plate Missing. Hort. N.S. Pillans, (sub-National Botanical Garden 370/16). Lectotype?
Antimima dasyphylla (Schltr.) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima dasyphylla. Dissected drawings of flowers included. Drawn from a collection made by V.S. Peers (sub-National Botanical Garden 1449/21), Graafwater [Clanwilliam District].
Antimima distans (L.Bolus) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima distans. Dissected drawings of flower & leaves included. Flowers added in June-July.Diameter of flower 2.1cm, Length of petal 7mm, Width of petal just over 1mm, Stamino 5mm, Stamens up to just over 4mm, Stigma 2.5mm, Across disc 3.5mm. About 40 petals, flowers open all day.
Antimima distans (L.Bolus) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima distans. Drawings of flower & fruit included. Drawn from a collection made by T.M. Salter (3533). [Nardouw Pass, 5 miles from the road between Klaver and Clanwilliam is the locality given for the corresponding Bolus Herbarium specimen]. Near Salter (sub-National Botanical Garden 2947/32). Straight from the veld. Also on the plate: 1 mile from Clanwilliam-Klaver [Klawer] (sub-National Botanical Garden 1228/33) Near Salter (sub-National Botanical Garden 2947/32).
Antimima dualis (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima dualis.
Antimima dualis (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima dualis. Dissected drawings of flowers/fruit/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made at Knegsvlakte [Knersvlakte], Van Rhynsdorp Division by H. Herre in August 1933 (Stellenbosch University Garden 10057 = National Botanical Garden 875/33).
Antimima dualis (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima dualis. Dissected drawings of fruit & leaves are included. Drawn from a collection from the veld at Koekenaap by J.H. Kleijnhaus(National Botanical Garden 2006/34). This illustration was split from Mesem Plate No. 2665.
Antimima dualis (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima dualis. Dissected drawings of flowers/fruit/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made 60 to 70 miles north-west of Van Rhynsdorp [Vanrhynsdorp] by Dr. Villet (Bolus Herbarium 21457).
Antimima dualis (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima dualis. Dissected drawings of fruit are included. Drawn from a collection between Nieuwefontein and Van Rhynsdorp [Vanrhynsdorp] by C.L. Leipoldt, 28 December 1938.
Antimima dualis (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima dualis. Dissected drawings of flowers/fruit/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made east of Garies by V.S. Peers (Ruschia G.5) in October 1937. Later received in flower from Mr. Pillans, 20 May 1938.
Antimima dualis (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima dualis. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made a few miles north of Nuwerust, Van Rhynsdorp Division by N.S. Pillans (6133) in October 1928. On same sheet as Leipoldt specimen of Antimima dualis (Bolus Herbarium 129494).
Antimima evoluta (N.E.Br.) H.E.K.Hartmann
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima evoluta. Dissected drawings of flowers/seed/leaves are included plus black & white photo. Drawn from a collection made by E. Rood (Botanical Garden 61/25), Van Rhynsdorp [Vanrhynsdorp District].
Antimima excedens (L.Bolus) Klak
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima excedens. Dissected drawings of leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made from the veld between Bitterfontein and Nieuwerust [Nuwerus, Van Rhynsdorp Division] by Lewis & Leighton on the 5 September 1932 (21A and B = National Botanical Garden 2389/32). [The vouchers for these drawings cannot be traced, P. A. Bean, 18 March 1980]. From the veld.
Antimima excedens (L.Bolus) Klak
Botanical illustration - coloured - Antimima excedens. Dissected drawings of flowers & leaves are included. Drawn from a collection made 11.5 miles North of Zoutrivier Bridge [Soutrivier bridge], Van Rhynsdorp District by Captain T.M. Salter (National Botanical Garden 1624/33). In flr. June, 1934.

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