Lucy T Smith
botanical artist


Many people are amazed to hear that new species of plants are still being described to science. In fact, illustrating these new species is the main type of work that I do. Madagascar is one of the areas where Kew botanists work hardest, collecting specimens from the rich diversity of its forests. In the past two years alone, I have illustrated about 20 species of palms new to science, and am currently illustrating one very rare and 6 news species of grass - all from Madagascar. The image on the right shows a collection of Lecomtella madagascarensis, a grass, (pressed) which I am drawing using the microscope and camera lucida.