Banks' Florilegium


Common names include cocky apple, cockatoo apple and billygoat plum. It produces an edible fruit which tastes like quince. Indigenous Australians use the bark and leaves in medications.

Line engraving by Robert Blyth after Sydney Parkinson (1770) and Frederick Polydore Nodder. Joseph Banks and his party saw this species at: Cape Grafton, Australia (9 June - 10 June 1770)

Plate 128

Edition No 83/100


Mount size - 570mm x 740mm 

Certificate of Authenticity - No. Each collection was originally sold as a set, therefore individual Certificates of Authenticity were never issued by the Publisher.

Each engraving is identified by a blind embossed stamp on the recto, recording the publisher's and printer's chops (ie: their signatures), the copyright symbol and date. The initials of the individual printer, the plate number and the edition number are recorded in pencil. The plate-marks are virtually uniform in size: 18 x 12 inches (457 x 305 mm), and the paper is Somerset mould-made 300gsm, each sheet watermarked 'AHE' and produced specially for this edition by the Inveresk Paper Company. The sheet of paper on which the image is printed measures 28½ x 21 inches (724 x 556 mm), and each of the engravings is protected within a double-fold sheet of the same acid free paper which has been cut to form a window mount. Every print includes watercolour embellishments added by artists working directly from Banks' own notes.

Banks' Florilegium Plate 128