Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rosa indica and Rosa hemisphaerica

From Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs by Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840), this lovely illustration shows what Redouté identified as Rosa indica and Rosa hemisphaerica.

Because of its form and color, I am inclined to think that this variety of Rosa indica is Rosa indica dichotoma, a rose introduced in France in 1820. The yellow rose, Rosa hemisphaerica, has been recognized since at least the 17th century.

A few facts about Redouté

A few more facts about Redouté


  1. Mmm, I can almost smell the roses on this one!

    1. Redouté certainly has that effect on me. In this one, I think the water droplets pull me in. How brilliant to know just how and where to place them in the composition.