NEWS

2017

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.

 

Rhizomatous, trunk erect between 3,8-5,7 m height and up to 30 cm in diameter. Lepidofils 8-15 x 2-3 cm, deep laciniate. Leaves peltate, broadly orbicular with succulent, rough scores, dark green, 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. Fruit, drupe sub-globose, 1-1.5 mm in diameter and coral red.

 

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, in 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 unique beings on the planet, The Pinus longaeva, commonly referred to as the Great Basin bristlecone pine.

 

It is a medium-size tree, reaching 5 to 15 m tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 2.5 to 3.6 m The bark is bright, orange-yellow, thin and scaly at the base of the trunk. This is characterized for being extremely twisted.

 

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 45 years.

 

The cones are ovoid-cylindrical, green or purple at first, ripening orange-buff when 16 months old, with numerous thin, fragile scales, each scale with a 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.

 

A specimen of this species, located in the White Mountains of California was measured by Tom Harlan, a researcher with the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, to be 5,062 years old in 2012.

This is the oldest known non clonal individual tree in the world,

 

The previously 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 is the main purpose 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 color, 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 honor to sign.

 

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

 

Its forests are the home to over 1000 plant species. Among them features the orchid family with more than 60 species, one of the most diverse family in the Neotropics and the most diverse 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 December 3, 2016 to April 9, 2017.

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

Some years ago fell down in my hands his book "Birds of Paradise and Bower Birds"  and I

was fascinated with his mastery in the use of color, technique and spatial distribution. Also, by discounted, with the biology and beauty of these birds.

 

Aeonium balsaminiferum, Crassulaceae

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. It is characterized because its leaves give off a very penetrating odor to balsam. It is an honor to accept this recognition.

 

 Private collection of B. Walker

Narcissus x aloysii villarii, Amaryllidaceae

Dr. Pilar Catalán, researcher at the Universidad Politécnica de Huesca and at the Institute of Biology Tomsk State University of Russia commissioned me  the painting of the species Narcissus x aloysii villarii (with the invaluable help of the Dr. Javier Fernández Casas) to pay tribute to our colleague and friend Dr. Luis Villar of the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE_CSIC), before his imminent retirement.

 

My best wishes in this new stage that now begins.

Brachypodium stacei, Poaceae

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

 

Veronica krylovii, PLANTAGINACEAE

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

Keys, identifications and eleven plates illustrated by me are included.

Congratulations.

 

 If you want 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, researcher at the Universidad Politécnica de Huesca and at 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 are included.

Congratulations.

 

If you want 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 2nd of 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 author of 70 plates and 12 figures.

 

Congratulations to everyone!

 

Flora Iberica vol. IX
Croton amentiformis, Euphorbiaceae

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

Identification and a plate illustrated by me are included.

Congratulations.

 

 If you want 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) by 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 in each category. The choice of the 10 best works was made considering the scientific accuracy, artistic merits and communication excellence. Each of the winners was 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, reserchers at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid publish a critic revision of the species of the genus Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) from Argentina Uruguay y Paraguay.

Keys, identifications and three plates illustrated by me are included.

Congratulations.

 

If you want 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, resercher at the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, publishes a new species of vascular plant for the science, Grosera angustifolia (Euphorbiaceae) from Guinea Ecuatorial.

Keys, identification and one plate illustrated by me is included.

Congratulations.

 

If you want 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, resercher at the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, publishes a critic revision of the genus Senecio, section Crociseris, a group of plants located in Europe, Northwest of Africa and west of Asia.

Keys, identifications and 10 plates illustrated by me are included.

Congratulations.

 

If you want 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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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.

 

Rhizomatous, trunk erect between 3,8-5,7 m height and up to 30 cm in diameter. Lepidofils 8-15 x 2-3 cm, deep laciniate. Leaves peltate, broadly orbicular with succulent, rough scores, dark green, 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. Fruit, drupe sub-globose, 1-1.5 mm in diameter and coral red.

 

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

Polygala nicaeensis subsp. gerundensis, POLYGALACEAE
Flora Iberica vol. IX
Croton amentiformis, Euphorbiaceae
Senecio parralderianus, Asteraceae
Coiba, Parque Nacional y Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Panamá. Orquídeas, láminas

Paradisaea minor
Aeonium balsaminiferum, Crassulaceae
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
Coiba, Parque Nacional y Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Panamá. Orquídeas, láminas

Aeonium balsaminiferum, Crassulaceae
Brachypodium hybridum, POACEAE