Sunday, October 9, 2011
Jan Moninckx: Sansevieria hyacinthoides
This illustration of Sansevieria hyacinthoides is by Dutch botanical artist Jan Moninckx (c. 1656-1724).
A few facts about Jan Moninckx
1. In the Moninckx Atlas (published in serial 1686-1709), he and his daughter Maria illustrated 420 plants.
2. The Atlas was commissioned by amateur botanist Joan Huydecoper van Maarsseveen II (1625-1704), who served as mayor and alderman in Amsterdam and also as administrator of the Dutch East India Company.
3. Although Moninckx's father was a clergyman, there was a strong tradition of painting in his family.
4. Browse the Atlas
A few facts about Sansevieria
1. The plant has a number of colloquial names, including mother-in-law's tongue and snake plant.
2. The plant was named to honor the Italian prince Raimondo di Sangro (1710–1771) of Prince of Sansevero. He was an inventor and scientist.
3. A colloquial name I know for this plant is cast iron plant, owing to its ability at least to survive, if not thrive, with minimal care.
4. The genus has its own international society.