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Georgius Rumphius

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098143

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098143.001.0001

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The Triple Flower

The Triple Flower

(p.72) Chapter Thirteen The Triple Flower
Rumphius' Orchids

Georgius Everhardus Rumphius

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the features and development of the triple flower. The triple flower resembles Helleborus albus or Gentiana the most, and differs so much from the Angreks that one prefers to consider it a singular plant, but the Natives regard it kind of Involucrum. It has three or four large leaves, which together make for a thick, angular stem, eighteen to twenty inches long, six wide, striped lengthwise with five ridges that make a sharp edge below, as with Plantago, otherwise smooth, thin, and a bright green. It ends below in a thick stem, striped on the outside, and grooved inside. When these leaves begin to wither, the ridges are bared. Every flower has a rather long neck and a green leaflet where it originates.

Keywords:   triple flower, Helleborus albus, Angrek, Involucrum, large leaves, angular stem

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