Ellas Illustran Botánica

Green Open Gallery | Exhibition in El Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid

Green Open Gallery showcases the excellence of contemporary botanical illustration by 21st-century artists. The illustrations in this gallery were submitted in response to an open call, disseminated through social media and in collaboration with prestigious botanical illustrators’ societies, such as the Korea Botanical Arts Cooperative and the Society of Botanical Artists.

Omphalodes Kusinzkyanae
Omphalodes kusinskyanae | Miosótis-das-Praias

Rita Faia, Omphalodes kusinskyanae, 2021
Colored pencils and acrylic paint on polyester paper, 29,7x42cm

Omphalodes kusinskyanae it’s a small wild flower from the family of Boraginaceae. Omphalodes means ‘belly button’ in latin, which refers to the shape of the fruit. It’s endemic to Portugal and today only a few specimens can be found in the coastal areas between Cascais and Ericeira. For this reason it is a species in critical danger of extinction. The rise of pollution, the climate changes and the resulting changes in soils are some of the reasons for the decreasing population of this plant. Given the little information available about it this is my contribution so that it is not forgotten.