Cordyline australis - Ti Kouka - Cabbage Tree

 

 

The etching for this flower head and leaf detail is based on a sample collected in the Makarora Valey of New Zealand's South Island. Over a linear base the leaves have two stages of aquatint with burnished highlights. Oil of spike gives the individual flowers and stems body and the plate is finally inked in seven colours with hand colouring on the foreground leaves and stems of the flower heads only.