Happy Earth Day

by Oscar Vargas

To celebrate earth day I am sharing this illustration of Diplostephium phylicoides. The plate was made under the Royal Botanical Expedition to New Granada headed by the Spanish botanist Jose Celestino Mutis between 1783 and 1816 in Colombia. All the original plates are available on line at the Royal Botanical Garden of Spain at http://www.rjb.csic.es/icones/mutis/paginas/index.php

The illustrated species is very common in the páramos of Cundinamarca and Boyaca departments in Colombia. Here some photos.