This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Denis Dodart, physician and botanist, born in Paris in 1634). Scrophulariaceae. One ereet perennial herb related to Mimulus. D. orientalis, Linn., grows in S. Russia and W. Asia, and may be found in choice collections of outdoor herbs: flowers purplish, in terminal racemes: plant with rush-like few-lvd. branches: leaves opposite below, alternate above, linear and entire or broader and somewhat dentate: corolla with a cylindrical or flaring tube, 2-lipped; stamens 4, didyna-mous, included, the anther-cells distinct: caps, subglobose, dehiscent, the many seeds somewhat immersed in the more or less fleshy placenta. July, Aug. B.M. 2199. - Apparently of minor horticultural value.
: Eleusine indica.
(Greek, lance-fern). Polypodiaceae. Small pot ferns with oddly pretty leaves.
Leaves with continuous marginal sori and copiously anastomosing veins. - About 20 species, in warm countries. Sometimes joined to Pteris, which see for culture. Not to be confused with Dryopteris.
J. Smith. Leaves 4-9 in. each way, with 5 or more triangular lobes or the fertile still more divided; ribs black. W. Indies to Brazil. - Sometimes considered to be a variety of D. pedata, Fee.
nobilis, J. Smith. Larger: leaves sometimes 1 ft. long, pedately bipinnatifid; ribs chestnut. S. Brazil.
D. decipiens, with leaves resembling a geranium If., 3-6 in. each way, is sometimes cultivated, as is D. dtcora, with more divided leaves Both are natives of the Hawaiian Isls.
L. M. Underwood.
(E. P. Dossin, Belgian botanist. 1777-1852). Orchidaceae. One species of terrestrial orchids, allied to Anoectochilus, but lacking the bearded fringe on the lower part of the labellum. This species may possibly be cult, by a few amateurs who are skilled in the cult, of dwarf warmhouse foliage plants.
D. marmorata, C. Morr. (Ancectochilus Lowei, Hort.). Leaves golden-veined or marbled, 4-5 in. long, elliptic: scape pubescent, 10 in. high; spike 5 in. long, with many white, pubescent flowers Java. F.S. 4:370. - There is a stronger-growing variety, with foliage better colored.
: Pseudotsuga Douglasii.
: Bignonia capreolata.
(derived from the Greek word for dragon). Araceae. Greenhouse or hothouse plants, grown more for curiosity than for beauty.
Herbs with long-petioled leaves: petioles verrucose; blades deeply 3-parted, these again parted: spathe oblong, convolute below; spadix short-stalked, short, cylindric, free, densely many-flowered; flowers perfect, with a perianth: fruit a 2-3-celled berry, each cell 1-seeded. - About a half-dozen species in tropical Amer. Cult, as for Amorphophallus.
Koch (Amorphophallus nivosus, Lem.). Petioles up to 9 ft. long and over 1 in. thick, roughened toward base with small warts conjoined in series, marked with large livid green and brown spots; blades up to 3 ft. broad, 3-parted, the divisions bipinnate, the ultimate segments oblong to lanceolate: peduncles 4 in. or more long; spathe up to 10 in. long; spadix 1 1/2-2 in. long. Brazil. I.H. 13, p. 14; 12:424.
George V. Nash.