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A picture certainly cannot represent the magnificent color with which this Cattleya guttata from Capt. George Cook's  Botanical Cabinet 1817. Thanks to  Lehigh U., Special Collections !very beautiful plant's flowers glitter; they vie with the neighboring BromeliaceaBillbergi purpureo-rosea, which, with its rose-colored bracts and the extremely delicate luster of its corolla, stands out from that pleasant variety so much that it pains you that these plants cannot, unless sustained by means of artificial heat, be presented to our own flower lovers. More to the right follows a thick row of another OrchideaMaxillaria aureofulva, which creeps across the surface with many root fibers and, among its succulent,  lanceolate leaves, holds out clusters of gold-flecked flowers, while a young Cactus phyllanthus and a lovely Passiflora kermesina occupy just about all the space left on the surface of this thickly, miserably constricted tree. Still another shrub of Bromeliacea and, next to it, Amaryllis solandrae flora fill the space leading to another tree, which is seen jutting up straight in the illustration. This tree itself supports vines, some of which descend from its branches seeking the ground, while others wrap around it in various windings. 

Etching 13 Parasites from Martius's Flora Brasiliensis 1840. Thanks to Lehigh U., Special Collections ! Color by C. Miranda Chor

On the left, a trunk of Caladium obtusilobium rises; a large ball of Anthurium digitatum is attached to the tree itself, and higher up is Miltonia candida from Etching 28 from Martius's Flora Brasiliensis 1840. Thanks to Lehigh U., Special Collections ! Color by C. Miranda Chor Anthurium longifolium. Right in front, on the right side of the tree, is Anthurium psittacina, then Anthurium macrophyllum and Anthurium glaucum. Furthermore, in the upper of the branches into which the cast-down tree is split asunder, I praise the beautiful, Miltonia candida conspicuous for the pure white of its labellum and purple-spotted perigon; and, in the lower of the branches, Anthurium lanceolatum, with its long, lance-like leaves, Dracontium pertusum, tightly bound by its roving twists, and Maxillaria placanthera, a clump of which is seen between the two trunks of Bactris setosa, a tufting palm so often found in the moist, ancient forests of eastern Brazil

And so this is the list of the different plants that, considering them the foremost, so to speak, of the epiphytes, we have tried to place under our readers' eyes. And if underneath the etching I labeled these plants with the name of Parasites, I did not do so according to the proper meaning of the term; for I do not need to demonstrate at length to those who are expert in these matters, that without exception the plants depicted here cannot be assigned to the true parasites, but only to those the learned call "pseudo-parasites". 

Etching commentary #13b