This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As so much interest has been shown for orchids recently, we give here an illustration of a curious and beautiful hybrid Cypripedium, raised by the foreman of Messrs. Veitch of Chelsea, near London. Mr. Seden, the gentleman referred to, raised from Cypripedium barbatum, crossed by C. Stonei.
We extract the following from the description by Professor Reichenback, in the Gardener's Chronicle for 1875, vol. ii. p. 772: -
"The sepals come near those of C. Stonei, but the upper one is blunter; the petals are ligulate, rather broad, much longer than those of C. barbatum, much shorter than those of C. Stonei; the lip comes near that of C. barbatum, but is larger. It is an interesting accession, since it touches rather near the giants of Cypripediums, C. Stonei and C. Lowii."
Messrs. Veitch say that the plant is of robust growth, with bold deep green faintly tessellated foliage. The flower scapes are stout and hairy, each bearing two or three flowers. The orbicular upper sepal striped with black and green, and stained with crimson, the long ligulate petals dotted with numerous worts, and the elegant brownish crimson pouch, are marked characteristics of this fine hybrid.