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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 Purple Angrek

The Purple Angrek

(p.50) Chapter Eight The Purple Angrek
Rumphius' Orchids

Georgius Everhardus Rumphius

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This chapter describes the features and development of the purple Angrek. The beach kind purple Angrek has an angular or striped stem, divided into many uneven joints that are always thicker in the center than at the ends, just as the entire stem below, near the root. The stem becomes about a foot tall, and has only leaves that fall off, when they have grown old, leaving the bare stem behind. The flowerlets have a particular shape and have five leaflets that are not open, but closed together as if forming a little pipe. The land kind does not differ from the foregoing except that it shows more leaves, because from a root which is thin, mossy, and fibrous come eight to ten stems, eight to nine feet long.

Keywords:   Purple Angrek, angular stem, striped stem, flowerlets, leaflets

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