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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.
This specimen of Dendrobium discolor was collected by Banks and Solander at Endeavour River, Queensland. Courtesy: Royal National Botanical Gardens.
This sketch was completed by Endeavour artist Sydney Parkinson in 1770. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.
This watercolour, based on Parkinson's sketch, was painted by Frederick Polydore Nodder in 1780. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.