Image from page 115 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
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A Beautiful Spotted Variety of Odontoglossum Crispum A Fine Pink Orchid Worth About One Hundred and Fifty Dollars 74 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS February, 1907 limited means to the conclusion that the cult of the orchid isonly the pastime of the rich. Any one may grow orchids ifhe is careful to select those which he can manage, and to thisend it is well to start the collection with the most ordinary
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Catasetum Christyanum, the Bat Orchid into the interior of Madagascar, he says: Not counting theconstant exposure of my life, and the lives of those accom-panying me, not only was our party exposed to the risk ofbeing strangled by hostile and ferocious tribesmen—a fatethat befell many a poor fellow belonging to our expeditionwhose unwary footsteps led him astray—but we had tostruggle almost night and day against the wild animals whichhaunt these primeval forests. It is probable that one of the most romantic stories of all isthat told in connection with the LadiesSlipper Orchid, Cypri-pedium fairieanum. About fifty years ago this plant, a nativeof the Eastern Himalayas, was quite a common andwell-known species, selling at a dollar or less a plant.Strangely enough, in the course of time the exact locality ofthe species was quite lost sight of, and as its area was veryrestricted, the plant became practically extinct so far as thecultivation of it was concerned. It was known to exist
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