German School, 18th-century, Cactus Cochenillifera in Bloom
German School, 18th-century
Cactus Cochenillifera in Bloom
Pencil and watercolor on paper with gum arabic
Extensively inscribed l.l. with the description of the cactus
13 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.
Opuntia cochenillifera is endemic to Mexico, and is the most common species in Jamaica. The first description was in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus as Cactus cochenillifer. Philip Miller described it as Opuntia cochenillifera in 1768.
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