On our short stroll through the hundreds of thousands we have so far looked at woodcuts and copperplate engravings of orchids. Here we have a lithograph, the youngest of the three printing techniques, infront of us.
The orchid, which she represents, Phaius wallichii LDL., bears the name of a man, whom we already got to know as the discoverer of Dendrobium fimbriatum and author of Dendrobium densiflorum. Wallich, who has traveled to India as a plant collector, described rare Asian plants in a magnificently illustrated work, including some orchids.
In Ceylon and India, Phaius wallichii comes “in open, grassy terrain of the hot, damp valleys ”as well as“ on humus-covered rocks under shady trees ”.
Fig. 1: a dissected flower
Fig. 2: Top of the pillar
Fig. 3: Anthers with pollen masses