VARIETIES OF THE RUBY-LIPPED CATTLEYA
Stove Epiphytes, natives of CARACCAS, belonging to the order of Orchids
Excerpt from text, which is included along with a copy of the Title Page:
These magnificent varieties of the Ruby-lipped Cattleya are quite new and at present among the rarities of Horticulture. For the white one we are indebted to the noble collection at Syon; for the blotched sort to J. J. Blndy, Esq., of Reading.The Ruby-lipped Cattleya is that on which the genus was founded. It was first sent to –Europe by Mr. Swainson, who discovered it in Brazil and used its stems as a kind of " dunnage " to set fast certain chip boxes of lichens., which he transmitted to Sir William (then Mr.) Hooker. Where he gathered it we are not informed, but we learn something precise on the subject from Mr. Gardner. This lamented Botanist found it on the edge of a precipice on the eastern side of the Pedro Bonita Mountain, about fifteen miles from Rio Janeiro, where it grew along with Vellozias, the Mackay Zygopetalum and Dipladenes and also on the Gavea, or Topsail Mountain, so called from its square shape, and well known to English sailors by the name of Lord Hood’s nose. This plant has a pale lilac tint with a very broad rich stain of ruby red over-spreading all the front half of the lip except the very edge.
Size: 8 ½” 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.