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Letters from W. Micholitz to Frederik Sander
Aerides sp.
Height up to three feet, more or less compact growing, leaves like Aerid.quinquevulnerum, sometimes
longer flowering racemes longer than the leaves 12 – 18 inches long, densely flowered. Flowers very
fragrant, sepals and petals tipped with a big blotch of violet, white, and thickly dotted with violet all over.
Spur abruptly bent upwards, tipped green, lip and side lobes deep violet; sepals and petals bending
backwards when flower fully expanded, the two lower sepals much larger than the dorsal sepal and
slightly twisted, column white and slightly stained at the back, flower stalk pink, also the central part of
the back side of the flower, the rest flushed white with pink. The colouring is very variable, in some the
upper sepal and the petals are entirely coloured, only the lower sepals showing a little white, and the
side lobes of the lip being mottled with violet, others have in the petals and sepals some thickly dotted
lines running from the blotch of the tip down to the centre. Altogether, the colouring is very rich and
Flowering time May – June, it requires plenty of light and sun and plenty of water from May to October;
afterwards a high but dry temperature would be required. It blooms profusely. I have seen plants with
four or five flower spikes.
W. Micholitz
May 1889
Translated by: Maren Talbot
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