News Stories from June 2016

Botanical Illustration: Exploring Adventitious Roots

Story posted: 27. June 2016 by Lizzie Harper

In my last blog I mentioned that being a botanical illustrator sometimes involves a fair amount of research, in this case examining different types of root. So natural history illustration and botany go hand in hand, and in researching roots I've realised that the more you learn, the more you find you need to learn.  This blog is about adventitious roots.

Adventitious roots, roots which don’t grow from the base of a plant’s stem but can grow from other parts of the stem or from the leaves, are useful for plants both for nutrient storage and for structural support.  They can also…

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Botanical Illustration: Exploring Root Variety

Story posted: 10. June 2016 by Lizzie Harper

As a botanical illustrator, spending time examining plants and their structures, I’m continually amazed by the variety of forms plants produce.  Take, if you will, the humble “root”.

A “root” is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “The part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres”.

However, the story does not stop there!  There are three main types of root; the fibrous root, the tap root, and the adventitious root.   This blog is a…

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