The aim of IAPI is to bring together botanists and illustrators to use their combined skills for illustrating the diversity of plant structure and function. Projects are one way to do this by encouraging members to work on a chosen topic, to build up a body of work from which items can be selected for exhibition and publication. Previous projects have been on climbing plants (published as a supplement to Eryngium 2014), nuts, and the potato and tomato family Solanaceae.
In hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium), the stem twines anticlockwise (seen from above) so from lower left to upper right in front of its support. note how the leaves are held clear of the stem. (Left drawing, Wendy Harvey; right drawing, Joyce Barrus)
On occasion, such as at the autumn meeting of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, members have exhibited work to promote IAPI to a wider botanical audience.
Jim Egginton with the IAPI display