NEWS 2014

Kobaimo; Japanese Endemic Fritillaria

Royal Horticultural Society
Shades of Autumn London Show
United Kingdom
21-22 October 2014


Photographic Exhibit
Nine Japanese endemic Fritillaria printed on rice paper and presented as late-Edo period woodblock prints. The images pay tribute to Iinuma Yokusai (1783-1865) who's great pioneering work Somoku-dzusetsu [an iconography of plants indigenous to cultivated in, or introduced into Nippon] was the first modern botanical book in Japan. Yokusai’s illustration of kobaimo [コバイモ] an endemic Japanese Fritillaria was subsequently described in Europe by Friedrich Miquel from a copy of his book as Fritillaria japonica.


Kobaimo Panels

Copyright Laurence Hill