Rica Erickson Illustrations for 'Triggerplants'

Tuesday 05 May 2020

Dr Kate discusses the recently digitised watercolour paintings and ink sketches produced by Rica Erickson for her 1958 book Triggerplants. 

There are some beautiful pieces in the collection, which can now be viewed online.  

Tufted trigger plants
ACC 1709AD/2.1: Tufted trigger plants, Rica Erickson
 

In 2000, Western Australia’s south west was among the first twenty-five biodiversity hotspots identified. Despite working decades before the concept of a ;‘biodiversity hotspot’ was in the public consciousness, Rica’s work helped raise awareness and appreciation of Western Australia’s significant floral diversity and she personally contributed to various environmental conservation efforts.

The illustrations have been digitised and are available online through the State Library catalogue. They can be viewed for free by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

ACC 1709AD/2.9: Plate 8: Styleworts, Rica Erickson
ACC 1709AD/2.9: Plate 8: Styleworts, Rica Erickson

ACC 1457AD/1.2.4: Plate 3: Parts of a typical triggerplant ;S. amoenum, Rica Erickson
ACC 1457AD/1.2.4: Plate 3: Parts of a typical triggerplant S. amoenum, Rica Erickson
Last updated on: 11 May 2020