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6. Seven Snowy Peaks seen from the Araucaria Forest, Chili
6. Seven Snowy Peaks seen from the Araucaria Forest, Chili
Calanthe versicolor, 1838
Calanthe versicolor, 1838
Epidendrum vitellinum, 1838
Epidendrum vitellinum, 1838
Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897
Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897
Dendrobium kingianum, 1834-1849
Dendrobium kingianum, 1834-1849
534. Orchid and Ferns of Sarawak, Borneo
534. Orchid and Ferns of Sarawak, Borneo
22. Chilian Ground Orchids and other Flowers
22. Chilian Ground Orchids and other Flowers
Laelia schilleriana splendens (Laeliocattleya schilleriana), 1862
Laelia schilleriana splendens (Laeliocattleya schilleriana), 1862
Cymbidium elegans, 1838
Cymbidium elegans, 1838
Epidendrum phoeniceum, 1838
Epidendrum phoeniceum, 1838
Vanilla planifolia as Epidendrum vanille
Vanilla planifolia as Epidendrum vanille
489. A Native Orchid and Butterflies, Mahe, Seychelles
489. A Native Orchid and Butterflies, Mahe, Seychelles
Calanthe versicolor, 1838 Featured Image

Calanthe versicolor, 1838

Watercolour on paper. Original drawing for plate XLII in John Lindley's Sertum orchidaceum: a wreath of the most beautiful orchidaceous flowers; selected by John Lindley, published in 1838. Illustration shows part monochromatic, part colour study of leaves and flowers. Side figure represents lip and ovary with the sepals and petals cut away. Inscribed in pencil by Miss Drake along top edge, The upper bracts slightly hairy, sweet scented, and Sion Gardens Aug. 31 18..'[date has been cropped]. There is a semi-circular blob of red paint or possibly sealing wax on the top edge of drawing. Also inscribed in a different hand Rec'd. 15.9.1925 lower right corner. Drawing taken from flower held in the collection of His Grace the Duke of Northumberland at Sion. According to Lindley's publication It is a native of the East Indies, whence it has also been sent from the Botanic Garden, Calcutta, to the Horticultural Society

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430. Water-Lily and surrounding vegetation in Van Staadens Kloo
430. Water-Lily and surrounding vegetation in Van Staadens Kloo
253. Wild Flowers of Kumaon, India
253. Wild Flowers of Kumaon, India
102. A Brazilian 0rchid
102. A Brazilian 0rchid
Cattleya superba, 1838
Cattleya superba, 1838
Zygopetalum mackayi, 1882-1897
Zygopetalum mackayi, 1882-1897
Vanda falcata aka Neofinetta falcata (Wind orchid), 1819
Vanda falcata aka Neofinetta falcata (Wind orchid), 1819
Vanda coerulea (Blue vanda), 1862
Vanda coerulea (Blue vanda), 1862
Sobralia macrantha, 1845-1883
Sobralia macrantha, 1845-1883
Psychopsis kramerianum (Butterfly orchid), 1845-1883
Psychopsis kramerianum (Butterfly orchid), 1845-1883
Phalaenopsis schilleriana, 1864
Phalaenopsis schilleriana, 1864
Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis), 1847
Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis), 1847
Ophrys apifera (Bee orchid), 1886
Ophrys apifera (Bee orchid), 1886
Cattleya superba, 1838 Featured Image

Cattleya superba, 1838

Watercolour on paper. Original drawing for plate XXII in John Lindley's Sertum orchidaceum: a wreath of the most beautiful orchidaceous flowers; selected by John Lindley, published in 1838. Illustration shows study in sepia of leaves, flowers and roots. Also small drawing lower right in grey tones detailing the lip of the flower. Drawing inscribed on lower left corner Rec'd Sept.15, 1925 in unknown hand. Paper has discoloured across lower edge. Paper is watermarked Smith & Allnut 1834

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Guarianthe skinneri (Guaria morada), 1846
Guarianthe skinneri (Guaria morada), 1846
Cattleya trianae, 1882
Cattleya trianae, 1882
Stanhopea tigrina, 1845
Stanhopea tigrina, 1845
Stenoglottis fimbriata, 1870
Stenoglottis fimbriata, 1870
Sarcochilus hartmannii, 1888
Sarcochilus hartmannii, 1888
Rhynchostylis gigantea, 1888
Rhynchostylis gigantea, 1888
Pterostylis curta (Blunt greenhood), 1831
Pterostylis curta (Blunt greenhood), 1831
Prosthechea cochleata (aka. Cockleshell orchid, black orchid, clamshell orchid, octopus orchid), 1802-1816
Prosthechea cochleata (aka. Cockleshell orchid, black orchid, clamshell orchid, octopus orchid), 1802-1816
Pleione formosana, 1917
Pleione formosana, 1917
Phragmipedium longifolium (South American slipper orchid), 1873
Phragmipedium longifolium (South American slipper orchid), 1873
Phalaenopsis schilleriana, 1862
Phalaenopsis schilleriana, 1862
Paphiopedilum niveum (Asian slipper orchid), 1883
Paphiopedilum niveum (Asian slipper orchid), 1883
Stenoglottis fimbriata, 1870 Featured Image

Stenoglottis fimbriata, 1870

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper by Walter Hood Fitch, 1870. Artwork from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, volume 96, plate 5872.
Curtis's Botanical Magazine is the longest running botanical periodical featuring colour illustrations of plants and has been published continuously since 1787

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Ophrys apifera (Bee orchid), 1894
Ophrys apifera (Bee orchid), 1894
Oncidium alexandra (Princess Alexandras oncidium), 1882-1897
Oncidium alexandra (Princess Alexandras oncidium), 1882-1897
Miltoniopsis vexillaria (Colombian pink pansy orchid), 1874
Miltoniopsis vexillaria (Colombian pink pansy orchid), 1874
Maxillaria tenuifolia, 1839
Maxillaria tenuifolia, 1839
Masdevallia hybrids, 1882
Masdevallia hybrids, 1882
Ludisia discolor (Jewel orchid), 1819
Ludisia discolor (Jewel orchid), 1819
Lycaste aromatica, 1827
Lycaste aromatica, 1827
Leptotes bicolor, 1840
Leptotes bicolor, 1840
Laelia anceps, 1882-1897
Laelia anceps, 1882-1897
Habenaria medusa, 1885-1906
Habenaria medusa, 1885-1906