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Subfamily: Epidendroideae Tribe: Collabieae Alliance: Calanthe Genus: Acanthephippium Species: Acanthephippium javanicum Blume 1825.

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Title: Cassell's popular gardening

Identifier: cassellspopularg00fish_2

Year: 1884 (1880s)

Authors: Fish, David Taylor, 1824-1901; Fish, D. T. (David Taylor), 1824-1901

Subjects: Gardening

Publisher: London ; New York : Cassell

Contributing Library: The Library of Congress

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ORCHIDS. 21 the disease. In the case of slugs or snails, these oftentimes get brought in with the Sphagnum Moss. This is frequently the case with the little Onion- snail {Zonites allairia). These must be watched for at night after dark, traps of Lettuce-leaves, sliced Turnips, Potatoes, and such-like things being also laid about for them. The cock-roach [Blatta orien- talis) is the great destroyer of the roots of Orchids. There is, however, no reason why this beetle should be more plentiful amongst these plants than any others, and if almost any of the numerous pastes, which are offered for sale to destroy them, be used per- sistently, the house can easily and speedily be cleared. Acanthephip- pium.—The name signifies " Spiny- horse," but how it bears upon the plants comprising this genus we are unable to say. They are terrestrial in habit and love the Shade, and although not ap- preciated by Or- chidologists of the first water, they are sufficiently in- teresting to deserve a place in the most recherche collection. As a genus, Acanthephippium is nearly allied to Bletia, and is characterised by its short stout pseudo- bulbs, and large broad-plaited leaves. The flower- spikes seldom exceed the pseudo-bulbs in height, but are very numerous. These bear from three to seven or eight large, fleshy, ventricose flowers, which are more or less bluntly spurred at the base. They thrive best when planted in a some- what closer soil than is usually considered suitable for members of this order. Pot in rough peat, leaf - mould, and loam. During the period of growth water abundantly, but afterwards a good season of rest will tend to the production of an

 

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ACINETA HUMBOLDTII. abundant supply of their curious flowers. East Indian House. A. bieolor.—Pseudo-bulbs ovate, leaves oblong- lanceolate, ten to eighteen inches long, and two to four inches broad, sharply tapering to a point at both ends; flowers three to seven, yellow, streaked and spotted. with red near the mouth; petals narrowly oblong, acute; middle lobe of lip bluntly tongue-shaped, fur- nished with three fleshy, warty pro- tuberances along the centre; side lobes obtuse, in- curved. May and June. Central Pro- vinces of Ceylon. A. javaniciim.— This species is easily distinguished by its obtusely f our- angled pseudo- bulbs. Flowers three to six, yel- low, stained and spotted with pur- ple ; petals some- what spathulate; middle lobe of lip ornamented with four fleshy plates on the centre; side lobes truncate. April and May. Java. A. striatum. — Pseudo-bulbs slen- der ; the flowers bluntly spurred at the base, white, slightly streaked with red; petals oblong, acute ; the middle lobe of lip small, fleshy, and acute, furnished with numerous rough protuberances along the centre, side lobes bluntly oblong. April and May. Nepaul. A. sijlhetense. — The flowers of this species are creamy-white, streaked with purple inside; petals oblong-lanceolate, acute; middle lobe of lip thick and fleshy, tongue-shaped, ornamented on the centre with three toothed protuberances; side lobes very narrow, April and May. Sylhet, Sikkim, and. Khasia. Acineta.—A genus of singular and most in- teresting epiphytal Orchids, originally included with

  

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