This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
(BoL Mag) - A beautiful epiphytal species, hav. ing some resemblance to D. Pierardi, flowering in great profusion during summer, and the flowers are produced freely on the stem. It grows with stems some eight or ten inches high, about the thickness of swan-quills, and clustering from a fibrous root, where they swell into a kind of bulb or tuber about the size of a pea. The leaves are borne on the young stems, and are from three to four inches long linear-lanceolate in form, more or less acute, recurred, sheathing and striated. The old stems from which the leaves have fallen, produce the flowers in twos at each joint The sepals are spreading lanceolate, somewhat acuminate, white, and tipped with purple rose color. The petals only differ in being rather broader and more obtuse. The labellum is larger than the other coroline parts, oblong ovate, white; the recurved obtuse apex beautifully tinged rose. The sides, consisting of two obscure lobes, are involute; the margins waved, ciliated, the disk having a large dark crimson spot, passing into the oblique striae at the edges.
This desirable species is a native of Nepaul, and probably many other parts of Eastern Bengal It was received in a living state from Assam, whence it was sent by Mr. Simon. Few species, says Sir WM. Hooker, are more lovely, even among the Oriental Epiphytes, which arc proverbial for their beauty over those of the new world. - K, in Gardeners' and Farmers' Journal.