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Dendrobium discolor: Plate 314

Engraved plate

Dendrobium discolor plate

Plate 314 from Banks' Florilegium shows Dendrobium discolor (Orchidaceae). Dendrobium discolor is an orchid with sprays of colourful flowers on long stems. It grows along the coastal strip of Queensland, mainly in bushes quite close to the ocean. It grows equally well on trees and rocks. Solander originally named this plant Epidendrum exaltatum — the genus Dendrobium wasn't identified until several years after Solander's death.

This plate was engraved by Gerald Sibelius.

Photo: George Serras.


Dendrobium discolor specimen

This specimen of Dendrobium discolor was collected by Banks and Solander at Endeavour River, Queensland. Courtesy: Royal National Botanical Gardens.


Dendrobium discolor sketch

This sketch was completed by Endeavour artist Sydney Parkinson in 1770. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.


Dendrobium discolor watercolour

This watercolour, based on Parkinson's sketch, was painted by Frederick Polydore Nodder in 1780. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.

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