Friday, October 21, 2011
Aubriet: Jatropha multifida
This is a watercolor of Jatropha multifida, coral bush, by Claude Aubriet, c. 1700.
A few facts about Claude Aubriet (1665-1742)
1. He was an illustrator at Paris's Jardin du Roi (later Jardin des Plantes).
2. In 1700-02 he accompanied French botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort on an expedition to the Middle East.
3. Linnaeus met Aubriet in Paris in 1737.
4. He was the teacher of Françoise Basseporte, who succeeded him as the Royal Painter after his retirement in 1735 from the Jardin du Roi.
A few facts about Jatropha multifida
1. The plant is native in areas from Mexico south to Brazil.
2. Like many other plants in the family Euphorbiaceae, all parts of the plant are poisonous. The plant's sap can be a skin irritant.
3. Usually the plant grows to 6-10 feet in height.
4. It is evergreen.