Watercolors of Endemic Plants
|Dov Bock: Science Illustrator
Dov originally met botanist Wayt Thomas in Bahia, Brazil, while volunteering as an assistant
with the Northeastern Atlantic Coastal Forest Project. With a background in biology, her illustration
work combines her passion for science with her artistic talent. After
working in biotechnology for three years, Dov attended the graduate program in science illustration at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and she
now works full time as a freelance illustrator and web designer. More of her work will soon be available at dovbock.com.
We asked Dov to paint five plant species endemic to Bahia, and the national tree of Brazil, Caesalpinia echinata, a coastal forest endemic. The species painted are listed below. Clicking on any of the first five will give a larger version of the same painting. Clicking on the Caesalpinia flower will reveal a full 'portrait' of the plant, with leaves, inflorescence, fruit, and a dissected flower.
Caesalpinia echinata - This legume tree is the national tree of Brazil and its common name (pau brasil) is the origin of the name of the country. A coastal forest endemic originally found from Rio Grande do Norte south to São Paulo and inland, the species was almost logged to extinction by the Portuguese colonists for its deep red wood which provided, in addition to timber, a prized analine dye.