THE MAGNIFICENT MEDINILL.
An evergreen stove Shrub from JAVA, belonging to the Natural Order of MELASTOMADS.
Excerpt from text, which is included along with a copy of the Title Page:
The genus Medinill, founded originally by M. Gaudichand, upon a shrub from the Marianne Islands, has become known in Gardens by the introduction of the Showy and the Red-leaved species; the former a plant of striking beauty; the latter, much less remarkable in appearance. These two may be taken as good examples of the genus generally, some of which are among the handsomest shrubs of the Malay Archipelago, while others would be passed by without notice. Many species have been made 'known by Dr. Blume, and other Dutch naturalists. They seem all to inhabit the islands of Asia within the tropic, and to require a damp forest climate. Blume says that he has seen some of them climbing up the trunks of trees to the height of from 60 to 80 feet. He adds that they have a mucilaginous bark, which, stripped of its epiderm, is employed by the Malays for poultices, in dislocations and tumours, and that the subacid leaves are, in Celebes, boiled with fish.
Size: 8 ˝” x 11”
Paxton produced The Magazine of Botany, and Register of
Flowering Plants. This series of magazines was published in London 1834-1849.
During the years of 1850-1852, Paxton along with John Lindley published the rare
three-volume work: PAXTON’S FLOWER GARDEN. Represented are many exotic species
especially fine Orchids. They are often compared to the early volumes of Warner
and Williams, Orchid Album. The print offered for sale here is from this first
edition, which is a completely different product to the 1882 color printed
edition frequently found. These prints were produced using a zincographic
process along with hand coloring and have the plate markings Pinx & Zinc.