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Anguis niger, bead snake & Convolvulus radice, Virginian pot

Anguis niger, bead snake & Convolvulus radice, Virginian pot

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Anguis niger, bead snake & Convolvulus radice, Virginian pot

Hand coloured etching from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731) Vol. 2 by Mark Catesby

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18th Century Anguimorpha Anguis Asterid Bead Bind Weed Bindweed Caribbean Carolina Catesby Convolvulaceae Convolvulus Diapsid Diapsida Eudicot Angiospermae Anguidae Dicot Dicotyledon


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This hand-colored etching, taken from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1731) Vol. 2 by Mark Catesby, showcases two fascinating natural wonders of the 18th century Caribbean: the Anguis niger, or bead snake, and the Convolvulus radice, also known as bindweed. The Anguis niger, depicted coiled gracefully in the foreground, is a member of the Anguidae family, order Squamata, and class Reptilia. This diapsid reptile, characterized by its two pairs of openings in the skull for the eyes and ears, is native to the Caribbean and Central America. The bead snake derives its name from the small, bead-like scales covering its body, which gives it a unique and striking appearance. In the background, the Convolvulus radice, a member of the Convolvulaceae family, is depicted with its beautiful, star-shaped flowers. This eudicotyledonous angiosperm, also known as bindweed or wild morning glory, is native to the Old World and has since spread to many regions around the world. The plant's name derives from its ability to bind or twine around other plants or structures, making it a common weed in many areas. Catesby's meticulous attention to detail is evident in this stunning etching, which captures the intricate textures and colors of both the bead snake and the bindweed. The natural history of these two Caribbean wonders was recorded during Catesby's extensive explorations of the New World, providing valuable insights into the natural world of the 18th century. This etching is a testament to the beauty and diversity of the natural world, showcasing the intricate relationship between the Anguis niger and the Convolvulus radice in the Caribbean ecosystem. Catesby's work continues to inspire and captivate naturalists and art lovers alike, offering a glimpse into the natural history of a bygone era.

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