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Australian Taeniophyllum Muelleri, Ribbon-root Orchid. Bailey, Queensland Flora, c1900

Australian Taeniophyllum Muelleri, Ribbon-root Orchid. Bailey, Queensland Flora, c1900

by Bailey, Frederick Manson

Minute, leafless epiphytic or lithophytic orchid, antique print c1900 (later colour).

Named after Baron Mueller, this Minute Ribbon-root Orchid is found on trees in rainforest areas and along creeks in southern Queensland. F.M. Bailey’s contribution to the records and illustrations of Queensland species is second to none. He wrote numerous papers, but his “Flora of Queensland” with finely lithographed illustrations, published between 1894 and 1902, was his greatest memorial. A self-educated botanist and a kindly man, Frederick Manson Bailey, C.M.G., F.L.S. was a foundation member of the Royal Society of Queensland. 

In 1839 Frederick Manson Bailey (1827-1915) migrated to Australia with his family. At the age of 12 he commenced work at his father’s plant nursery in Adelaide. After an attempt at gold mining at Bendigo in 1858 he went to New Zealand and bought land. In 1861 he moved to Brisbane where he opened a plant seed store. He also began collecting plants for sale to overseas institutions. In 1875 Bailey was appointed government botanist to investigate possible threat of pastures and plants to livestock. From 1880 to 1882 Bailey was acting curator of the Queensland Museum, and in 1890 was appointed Colonial Botanist. During the depression of the 1890’s Bailey’s appointment was suspended, but he continued his work. After public complaint, he was reinstated in 1902 on half salary.

Page size 245 x 155 mm (9.5 x 6 inches) This price includes mounting between 'antique white' high quality conservation ragmat board, and covered in cellophane for presentation and protective handlilng until framed. Unfortunately the edges of this page are damaged. It is still a beautiful and interesting Australian orchid. Window size is 180 x 125mm (approx. 7 x 5 inches). External measurement for frame window is 300 x 245mm (11 7/8 x 9 5/8 inches)

 

Stock Number: apbFMB48Price: $85.00

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