Opuntia cochinellifera (The Cochineal Cactus), by Margaret Flockton

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Issued to celebrate the Royal Botanical Garden Sydney’s 200th anniversary in 2016, this work is from rare collections of stunning archival botanical illustrations made available exclusively to The Store for the first time as giclee prints.

Originally created as a lithograph by one of the Royal Botanic Garden's greatest botanical illustrators, Margaret Flockton, it was published in Prickly Pears of Interest to Australians, J.H.Maiden,  Agricultural Gazette of New South Wales 1911 - 1917.

Printed with the highest quality inks and paper, the prints are archival for more than 130 years and come with a certificate of authenticity, signed by the Editor in Chief and the Executive Director of the Botanic Garden & Centennial Parklands.
Only 200 of each work are available.

Antique reproduction note: Please note that the works in this collection have been faithfully reproduced from the originals and therefore reflect the antique paper and aged condition of the original.There may be slight age marks, pencil notations and Royal Botanic Garden verification stamps on some works that form part of the historic botanical illustration. Many of these works have not been seen before and this collection presents the opportunity to own a piece of botanical illustration history that's unique to Sydney.

View the complete Royal Botanical Garden Sydney, giclee collection here


  • Small - 210mm x 297 mm
  • Medium- 297mm x 420 mm
  • Large - 420mm x 594 mm

Paper quality

  • The high quality of the paper should ensure a life of more than 100 years if cared for properly. 
  • A museum-quality, smooth cotton high white is used. It is 315 gsm with 100% cotton linters and a silky smooth matte surface. 
  • It is acid and lignin free with an excellent colour gamut. 
  • The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high-quality fine art and photographic reproduction. 
  • The term 'Giclée Print' (pronounced zhee-clay) refers to an elevation in printmaking technology. 
  • Images are printed with archival quality Ultrachrome pigment-based K3 inks onto canvas and smooth or textured fine art paper. 

Frames - Crafted by Amarisco Picture Framing, Sydney. Ph 02 9439 3133, amarisco.com.au.

  • Box frames are sourced from sustainable plantation timber 
  • Frame dimensions are 20mm face and 37mm depth 
  • Available in Classic White, Matte Black, Tasmanian Oak & Dark Timber 
  • 2mm clear acrylic with 80% UV protection rating 
  • Artworks are mounted to acid-free foam core 
  • Artworks are set to the rear of the frame with a 20mm space to the acrylic.  

Our printing partner

Vision Image Lab, our professional printing partner, also arranges framing and delivery. You can contact them directly regarding any delivery enquiries regarding this print.

Email: accounts@visionimagelab.com.au

Contact: (02) 9319 3300

The Opuntia (prickly pear) collection

Bizarrely beautiful to an artist, but a painful menace to most, Opuntias, or prickly pears, came to feature largely in the daily output of Margaret Flockton between 1905 and 1917. JH Maiden, director of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (1896–1923) initially focused much of his interest in the invasive prickly pear on efforts to find some use for the prolific weed. Many species of Opuntia were grown at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney at this time, and at Maiden’s property near Scone. Flockton was able to observe the growth of different species over time, as progressive handwritten notes below her preliminary studies indicate. The Opuntia collection is fascinating, not only for its quirky subject matter, seductive detail and glorious saturated colour, but for the evidence of the artist’s unique process.

Working first in graphite, then watercolour, Margaret was economical with her preliminary studies: one flower, a few fruit, some spines and part of the leaf were washed with colour, enough to bring the portrait to life and to indicate to the government printer how to finish the final plates. Copious comments by Flockton and amendments by Maiden reflect a busy and rigorous process of botanical documentation on the initial works.

The leading botanist in Opuntia research at La Mortola, Giardini Botanici wrote to Maiden in 1908 “… we cannot find an artist able to reproduce plants as your artist does.” But Maiden was already in no doubt as to the rare talent he had discovered in Margaret Flockton, the first botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Please allow up to 4 weeks delivery time

Free Delivery Australia Wide. International Shipping Rates below. Customs/Duty Fees may be applicable for deliveries to your country. Please seek information regarding this with your countries customs organisation.

Framed Prints are not shipped overseas. If you would like this order shipped overseas please select an unframed version of your chosen print and organise with your local framer to have your piece framed. The below mentioned rates are based on countries we currently ship. If you would like confirmation please go to checkout and select your country to confirm that shipping is available for your country and to receive your final shipping price.

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1 - 2 Prints Free $30 $45
3 - 4 Prints Free
$60 $90
5 - 6 Prints Free
$90 $135
7 - 8 Prints Free
$120 $180
9 - 10 Prints Free
$150 $225

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  • Small - 210mm x 297 mm
  • Medium- 297mm x 420 mm
  • Large - 420mm x 594 mm
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