NEWS

2017

My scientific illustrations of the species Dracaena draco subsp. draco and Echium wildpretti subsp wildpretti have recently been purchased by Dr. Shirley Sherwood and will be included in her Contemporary Botanical Art Collection. A Collection comprising about 1000 botanical artworks by 200 artists from 30 nationalities.

Soon, my artworks will be displayed in the Dr. Shirley Sherwood Gallery, located in the emblematic Kew Gardens in London, in her New Acquisitions Exhibition.

I am deeply honoured to be part of such a prestigious Collection.

Dracaena draco subsp. draco, Dracaenaceae
Echium wildpretti subsp. wildpretti, Boaginaceae

Private Collection of

Dr. Shirley Sherwood

In May, my scientific illustrations of the species Dracaena draco subsp. draco and Echium wildpretti subsp wildpretti have been awarded by The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with the Highly Commended Award in the 2017 edition of the prestigious Margareth Flockton award for excellence in scientific botanical illustration.

Dracaena draco subsp. draco is a plant native to the Canary Islands and is also present on the Azores Islands, Madeira and Cape Verde. On the other hand Echium wildpretti subsp wildpretti  is a plant endemic to the subalpine zone of las Cañadas del Teide on Tenerife (Canary Islands).

I am deeply honoured to accept this recognition.

https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Science-Conservation/Botanical-Illustration/The-Margaret-Flockton-Award

Gunnera bracteata Phil. in the family Gunneraceae, is a species endemic to Robinson Crusoe Island, located in the Juan Fernández archipelago, declared National Park in 1935 and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977.

 

A rhizomatous plant, trunk erect between 3,8-5,7 m high and up to 30 cm in diameter. Lepidofils 8-15 x 2-3 cm, deeply laciniate. Peltate leaves, broadly orbicular with succulent scores, rough to the touch, with dark green colour , up to 2 m wide, petiole up to 90 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter, dense to slightly spiny. Dioecious inflorescence, up to 1.2 m long. The fruit is a sub-globose drupe, 1-1.5 mm in diameter and coral red in colour.

 

The species is distributed from the Sector of Puerto Francés to the Cerro Tres Puntas between 250-650 masl, mainly in the Quebrada de Villagra and at the foot of El Yunque, in damp valleys.

 

The conservation category according to the Reglamento de Clasificación de Especies Silvestres, is: vulnerable VU D2.

 

This original digital painting belongs to the Serie of endemic vascular plants in the Juan Fernández Archipelago on which I am currently working on.

 

Over 3000 meters of altitude, on the stark slopes of the White Mountains, in the eastern Sierra of California, north of Death Valley, (Sierra Nevada, United States), lives one of the most extraordinary beings on the planet, The Pinus longaeva, commonly referred to as the Great Basin bristlecone pine.

 

The average size of the tree ranges between 5 and 15 m tall reaching 2.5 to 3.6 m in diameter with a bright yellowish-orange bark, thin and scaly at the base of the trunk. The latter distinguishes itself by its extreme twisting

 

The needles are in fascicles of five, stout, 2.5 to 4 cm long, deep green to blue-green on the outer face, with stomata confined to a bright white band on the inner surfaces. The leaves show the longest persistence of any plant, with some remaining green for over 45 years.

 

The cones are ovoid-cylindrical, green or purple at first, turning orange-buff when they reach 16 months old. It possesses numerous thin and fragile scales ending in a sort of bristle-like spine. The seeds are mostly dispersed by the wind, but some are also dispersed by Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana).

 

Pinus longaeva is often the dominant species in high-elevation dolomite soils, where few plants can grow.

 

The species occurs in Utah, Nevada and eastern California.

 

The studies conducted in 2012 by Tom Harlan, an assigned Tree-Ring Research Laboratory researcher, found a specimen of this species located in the White Mountains of California, ageing 5,062, which make it the longest living non-clonal tree on the planet.

 

The former oldest specimen of this species, named "Methuselah", is also located in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of the White Mountains. Methuselah is 4,845 years old and the object of this illustration.

 

This original digital painting belongs to the Serie of Monumental Trees on which I am currently working on.

 

Coiba, Parque Nacional y Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Panamá. Orquídeas, láminas

In January, 2017, appears published "Coiba, Parque Nacional y Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Panamá. Orquídeas". A collection of 22 original scientific plates, in colour, of orchids that live in the archipelago of Coiba, located in the Gulf of Chiriquí southwest of the Republic of Panama, on the Pacific coast which I have the honour to sign.

 

Coiba National Park with its 2701 km2, is one of the jewels of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor. It connects the island ecosystems of Central America (Coco Island National Park in Costa Rica) and South America (Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve in Ecuador;  and Malpelo Flora and Fauna Sanctuary and  Gongora National Park in Colombia).

 

Its forests are the home to over 1000 plant species. These include the orchid family with more than 60 species, one of the vascular families most diversified in the Neotropics and the widest in Panama.

 

2016

Paradisaea minor

My scientific illustration of the species Paradisaea minor has been selected by The New York State Museum to take part in Focus on Nature XIV, the most prestigious Natural History exhibition in New York State. This edition will take place at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History from 3 December 2016 to 9 April 2017.

This painting is a humble tribute to the work of William T. Cooper, an Australian scientific artist who died in 2015 and was defined by Sir David Attenborough as the most renowned ornithological illustrator in that country.

Some years ago I got my hands on his book "Birds of Paradise and Bower Birds" and  was fascinated by his mastery in the use of colour, technique and spatial distribution. Also, of course, with the biology and beauty of these birds.

http://rtpi.org/rtpi-to-host-focus-on-nature-xiv-exhibition/

 

My scientific illustration of the species Aeonium balsaminiferum has been awarded by The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with the Highly Commended Award in the 2016 edition of The Margareth Flockton award for excellence in scientific botanical illustration.

 

This plant is an endemism of the eastern Canary Islands: Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and belongs to the group of shrub or sub-shrubby species with branched stems and yellow flowers. The principal characterist is that its leaves give off a very penetrating odour to balsam. I am deeply honoured to accept this recognition.

Aeonium balsaminiferum, Crassulaceae

 Private collection of B. Walker

Narcissus x aloysii villarii, Amaryllidaceae

Dr Pilar Catalán, a researcher at the Universidad Politécnica de Huesca and the Institute of Biology Tomsk State University of Russia commissioned me to perform the painting of the species Narcissus x aloysii villarii

(with the invaluable help of Dr Javier Fernández Casas) to pay tribute to our colleague and friend Dr Luis Villar of the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE_CSIC), before his imminent retirement.

My best wishes on this new stage that now begins Luis.

Brachypodium stacei, Poaceae

Dr Pilar Catalán, a researcher at the Universidad Politécnica de Huesca and  the Institute of Biology Tomsk State University of Russia commissioned me to perform the painting of the species Brachypodium stacei to pay tribute to Clive Stace a British botanist and Professor of Plant taxonomy at the University of Leicester, president of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and the author of  numerous publications regarding the vascular plant flora of Britain and Ireland.

 

Veronica krylovii, PLANTAGINACEAE

Dr Blanca M. Rojas-Andrés a researcher at the Universidad de Salamanca publishes the first complete revision of the genus Veronica, subsection Pentasepalae (Plantaginaceae).

Keys, identifications and eleven plates illustrated by me complement the work.

Congratulations.

 

 If you would like to learn more about it:

 

Rojas-Andrés, Blanca M. & Montserrat Martínez-Ortega (2016). Taxonomic revision of Veronica subsection Pentasepalae  (Veronica, Plantaginaceae sensu APG III). Phytotaxa 285 (1): 001-100.

 

www.academia.edu/30424384/Taxonomic_revision_ of_Veronica_subsection_Pentasepalae_Veronica_Plantaginaceae-sensu_APG_III_

Brachypodium hybridum, POACEAE

Dr Pilar Catalán, a researcher at the Universidad Politécnica de Huesca and  the Institute of Biology Tomsk State University of Russia publishes the taxonomic description of the species Brachypodium distachyon, B. stacei and B. hybridum (Poaceae).

Keys, identifications and three plates illustrated by me complement the work.

Congratulations.

 

If you would like to learn more about it:

 

 

Catalán, P. et al. (2016). Updated taxonomic descriptions, iconography, and habitat preferences of Brachypodium distachyon, B. stacei, and B. hybridum (Poaceae). Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 73(1):01-14.

 

http://www.rjb.csic.es/jardinbotanico/ficheros/documentos/pdf/anales/2016/73_1_e028_435-458-1-PB.pdf

2015

Polygala nicaeensis subsp. gerundensis, POLYGALACEAE

On 2 November 2015 was published the volume IX (Rhamnaceae-Polygalaceae) of Flora Iberica.

 

In this volume have collaborated 20 authors and are described 19 families, 36 genera and 167 species.

 

This volume presents 92 original plates and 21 figures of which I am the author of 70 plates and 12 figures.

 

Congratulations to everyone!

 

Flora Iberica vol. IX
Croton amentiformis, Euphorbiaceae

Dr Ricarda Riina, a researcher at the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, publishes a new species of vascular plant for the science, Croton amentiformis (Euphorbiaceae).

Identification and one plate illustrated by me complement the work.

Congratulations.

 

 If you would like to learn more about it:

 

 

Riina, R. et al. (2015). A new species of dragon’s blood Croton (Euphorbiaceae) from South America with singular inflorescences. Webbia 70 (1): 187-192.

 

www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00837792.2015.1020129

 

Sephanoides fernandensis & Dendroseris litoralis

In February 2015 my illustration Juan Fernandez firecrown and cabage tree has received one of the ten awards (illustration category) from the prestigious National Science Foundation and Popular Science in the Vizzies (Visualization Challenge). A meeting that rewards the most outstanding visuals in the world of science in 2015.

 

During two rounds, experts in science and visual representation of the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, meticulously judged 303 entries, selecting 50 finalists, 10 for each category. The choice of the best 10 works was made considering their scientific accuracy, artistic merits and communication excellence. The winners were each vetted for accuracy by independent experts.

 

http://www.popsci.com/2015-vizzies-science-visualizations-video-images

Acalypha communis subsp. apicalis, EUPHORBIACEAE

Drs Jose Maria Cardiel and Pablo Muñoz, researchers at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid publish a critic revision of the species of the genus Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) from Argentina Uruguay and Paraguay.

Keys, identifications and three plates illustrated by me complement the work.

Congratulations.

 

If you would like to learn more about it:

 

 

Cardiel, J.M. & P. Muñoz (2015). Synopsis of Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 101: 384-405.

 

https://repositorio.uam.es/bitstream/handle/10486/675582/Synopsis_Cardiel_amvg_2015.pdf?sequence=3

Grosera angustifolia, Euphorbiaceae

Dr Patricia Barbera, a researcher at the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, publishes a new to science vascular plant species, Grossera angustifolia (Euphorbiaceae) from Guinea Ecuatorial.

Keys, identification and one plate illustrated by me complement the work.

Congratulations.

 

If you would like to learn more about it:

 

 

Barberá, P. et al. (2015). Anew species of Grossera (Euphorbiaceae) from Equatorial Guinea. Phytotaxa 221(2): 175-180.

 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280641246_A_new_species_of_Grossera_Euphorbiaceae_from_Equatorial_Guinea

Senecio parralderianus, Asteraceae

Dr Joel Calvo, a resercher at the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, publishes a critic revision of the species belonging to the genus Senecio, section Crociseris, a group of plants located in Europe, north-west of Africa and west of Asia.

Keys, identifications and ten plates illustrated by me complement the work.

Congratulations.

 

If you would like to learn more about it:

 

 

Calvo, J. et al. (2015). Systematics of Senecio section Crociseris (Compositae, Senecioneae). Phytotaxa 211(1): 001-105.

 

oa.upm.es/16587/1/JOEL_CALVO_CASAS.pdf

 

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Dracaena draco subsp. draco, Dracaenaceae
Echium wildpretti subsp. wildpretti, Boaginaceae

Dracaena draco subsp. draco is a plant native to the Canary Islands and is also present on the Azores Islands, Madeira and Cape Verde. On the other hand Echium wildpretti subsp wildpretti  is a plant endemic to the subalpine zone of las Cañadas del Teide on Tenerife (Canary Islands).

Gunnera bracteata Phil. in the family Gunneraceae, is a species endemic to Robinson Crusoe Island, located in the Juan Fernández archipelago, declared National Park in 1935 and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977.

 

A rhizomatous plant, trunk erect between 3,8-5,7 m high and up to 30 cm in diameter. Lepidofils 8-15 x 2-3 cm, deeply laciniate. Peltate leaves, broadly orbicular with succulent scores, rough to the touch, with dark green colour , up to 2 m wide, petiole up to 90 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter, dense to slightly spiny. Dioecious inflorescence, up to 1.2 m long. The fruit is a sub-globose drupe, 1-1.5 mm in diameter and coral red in colour.

 

The species is distributed from the Sector of Puerto Francés to the Cerro Tres Puntas between 250-650 masl, mainly in the Quebrada de Villagra and at the foot of El Yunque, in damp valleys.

 

The conservation category according to the Reglamento de Clasificación de Especies Silvestres, is: vulnerable VU D2.

 

This original digital painting belongs to the Serie of endemic vascular plants in the Juan Fernández Archipelago on which I am currently working on.

 

Coiba, Parque Nacional y Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Panamá. Orquídeas, láminas

Aeonium balsaminiferum, Crassulaceae
Polygala nicaeensis subsp. gerundensis, POLYGALACEAE
Flora Iberica vol. IX
Croton amentiformis, Euphorbiaceae
Senecio parralderianus, Asteraceae
Dracaena draco subsp. draco, Dracaenaceae
Echium wildpretti subsp. wildpretti, Boaginaceae
Coiba, Parque Nacional y Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Panamá. Orquídeas, láminas

Paradisaea minor
Narcissus x aloysii villarii, Amaryllidaceae
Brachypodium stacei, Poaceae
Veronica krylovii, PLANTAGINACEAE
Brachypodium hybridum, POACEAE
Polygala nicaeensis subsp. gerundensis, POLYGALACEAE
Flora Iberica vol. IX
Croton amentiformis, Euphorbiaceae
Sephanoides fernandensis & Dendroseris litoralis
Acalypha communis subsp. apicalis, EUPHORBIACEAE
Grosera angustifolia, Euphorbiaceae
Senecio parralderianus, Asteraceae
Dracaena draco subsp. draco, Dracaenaceae
Echium wildpretti subsp. wildpretti, Boaginaceae
Coiba, Parque Nacional y Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Panamá. Orquídeas, láminas

Aeonium balsaminiferum, Crassulaceae
Brachypodium hybridum, POACEAE