Illustration of the Franklinia alatamaha, ca. 1786
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James Trenchard engraved this page illustrating the Franklinia tree, found by the botanist William Bartram in Georgia. The sheet, from Bartram's Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, published in 1791, contains a hand-colored engraving of a branch of the Franklinia, showing its leaves, bud, blossom, and seed pod. Below the foliage are details of the pod of seeds and of individual seeds. Below the seed pods is the plate's title: "FRANKLINIA alatamaha. Bart. Journ." Near the lower left corner of the plate is the inscription "W. Bartram Delin. Trenchard Sculp."
Connection to Franklin
Native shrub named after Franklin by the Bartrams
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