image lindley j_edwardss botanical register_v1_plate 34
Image number: RS.17654
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Moon orchid

Date

1838

Creator

S Watts (fl. 1830s, British), Engraver

After

Sarah Anne Drake (1803-1857, British), Illustrator

Object type

Library reference

49461

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 247mm
width (print): 150mm

Subject

Biology
   > Botany

Content object

nature
   > plant

Description

Botanical study of the Moon orchid Phalaenopsis amabilis, here referred to as the Indian butterfly-plant. The plant is native to India and southeast Asia, including Indonesia and the Philippines. The plate shows the full plant, including flowers, leaves, sheaths, pseudobulb and roots.

Plate 34 from Edwards’s botanical register…edited by John Lindley, new series v.1, (London, James Ridgway and Sons, 1838). The plate is inscribed ‘34’ above; and below ‘Miss Drake del. Pub by J. Ridgway, 169 Piccadilly July 1. 1838. S. Watts sc.’

In the associated text, the author states that: ‘This very rare and beautiful epiphyte flowered a few weeks since in the Epiphyte-house of Messrs. Rollisons of Tooting, I believe for the first time in Europe. It had been sent to them from Manilla by Mr. Cuming.’

John Lindley (1799-1865) British botanist and horticulturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1828.

Sarah Anne Drake (1803-1857), British botanical artist, was a long-term associate of the Lindley family and a prolific illustrator for James Lindley.

Associated place

<The World>
   > Asia
      > Indonesia
<The World>
   > Asia
      > Philippines