Bambara Groundnut, William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings

This painting of Bambara Groundnut, which is also known by its scientific name of Vigna subterranea, can be found in the first volume of the the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. The absence of fruits and flowers in this illustration reinforces the fact the plant was once used medicinally; it is mainly grown for its edible seeds today. The collection consists of 477 watercolours of flora and fauna that had been painted for William Farquhar when he was the Resident of Malacca between 1803 and 1818, before he took up the post of the first Resident of Singapore from 1819 to 1823.

Indigenous Name
Nara Pusi, Nara Poosie
Malacca, Malaysia
Image size: 37.4 x 48.4 cm (Paper), Image size: 37.4 x 24.2 cm (Image)
Accession No.
watercolour on paper
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. G. K. Goh