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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 Red Angrek

The Red Angrek

Chapter:
(p.22) Chapter Three The Red Angrek
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Rumphius' Orchids
Author(s):

Georgius Everhardus Rumphius

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098143.003.0003

This chapter elaborates the features and development of the red Angrek, which has only one species, even ropier than the foregoing. The stem that bears the flowers has the length of two and a half spans, round, stiff, divided into various side branches which bear the flowerlets. The flower-bearing stem has red lines as well, and the leaves taste somewhat sour and slightly salty. The fruits are easily a finger joint long, half a finger thick. Both back and front are pointed, with a dirty yellow color, somewhat triangular, but with six protruding ridges, striped lengthwise. It grows mostly on the beach, with its many tendrils creeping through the shrubbery, although it will always have a rotten piece of wood or old root as its place of origin.

Keywords:   red Angrek, flower, flowerlets, flower-bearing stem, trianglular

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