Why Botanical Illustration Is Obscenely Cool

My mind is a miniature gallery of weirdly specific interests, and one of my biggest affections is for natural science illustration (particularly botanical). If I see a dingy framed print of a plant sketch, I will scurry to it immediately, and ooh and aah and whisper the genus-name to myself. Let me try to explain why this is.

One reason I’m interested in natural science illustration is because things like this exist in the world:

Hodgsonia heteroclita, which grows in India, China, and some other parts of Asia. (By Cathcart, John Fergusson (1802 – 1851) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
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