its golden-brown spotted flowers, on stout spikes
two yards long.” It is not to be hoped that
we shall ever see monsters like these in Europe.
The genus, indeed, is unruly. G. speciosum
has been grown to six feet high, I believe, which is
big enough to satisfy the modest amateur, especially
when it develops leaves two feet long. The flowers
are—that is, they ought to be—six
inches in diameter, rich yellow, blotched with reddish
purple. They have some giants at Kew now, of
which fine things are expected. G. Measureseanum
named after Mr. Measures, a leading amateur, is pale
buff, speckled with chocolate, the ends of the sepals
and petals charmingly tipped with the same hue.
Within the last few months Mr. Sander has obtained
from the Philippines, which seems
to be not only the most beautiful, but the easiest
to cultivate of those yet introduced. Its flowers
droop in a garland of pale green and yellow, splashed
with brown, not loosely set, as is the rule, but scarcely
half an inch apart. The effect is said to be
lovely beyond description. We may hope to judge
for ourselves in no long time, for Mr. Sander has
presented a wondrous specimen to the Royal Gardens,
Kew. This is assuredly the biggest orchid ever
brought to Europe. Its snakey pseudo-bulbs measure
nine feet, and the old flower spikes stood eighteen
feet high. It will be found in the Victoria Regia
house, growing strongly.
[Footnote 6: Vanda Lowii is properly called
[Footnote 7: Vide page 100.]
THE LOST ORCHID.
Not a few orchids are “lost”—have
been described that is, and named, even linger in
some great collection, but, bearing no history, cannot
now be found. Such, for instance, are Cattleya
Jongheana, Cymbidium Hookerianum, Cypripedium
Fairianum. But there is one to which the
definite article might have been applied a very few
days ago. This is Cattleya labiata vera.
It was the first to bear the name of Cattleya, though
not absolutely the first of that genus discovered.
C. Loddigesii preceded it by a few years,
but was called an Epidendrum. Curious it is to
note how science has returned in this latter day to
the views of a pre-scientific era. Professor
Reichenbach was only restrained from abolishing the
genus Cattleya, and merging all its species into Epidendrum,
by regard for the weakness of human nature. Cattleya
labiata vera was sent from Brazil to Dr. Lindley
by Mr. W. Swainson, and reached Liverpool in 1818.
So much is certain, for Lindley makes the statement
in his Collectanea Botanica. But legends
and myths encircle that great event. It is commonly
told in books that Sir W. Jackson Hooker, Regius Professor
of Botany at Glasgow, begged Mr. Swainson—who
was collecting specimens in natural history—to