Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
Apropos of the discussion of this plant, the following letter which Mr. A. Bartels, of Brisbane, received in 1910 from the late Dr. Alfred R. Wallace, the celebrated naturalist and author, is of interest. Dr. Wallace wrote from "Old Orchard," Broadstone, Wimborne: "I am very much obliged to you for sending me bulbs of 'Doryanthes Palmeri.' They reached me a week later than your letter, in fair condition, considering the long voyage, but I fear they are not very suitable for sending in this way. The two smaller ones were in best condition, having three or four leaves quite green, but no live roots. The larger ones had no green on the leaves except quite at the base, but two or three of the fleshy roots were alive for a few inches at the base. I have potted the two smaller, and planted out the larger in my greenhouse, and hope they will grow, and as the spring is coming on they will have a chance. The plant of 'Doryanthes Palmeri' I have raised from seed is, I think, now in its fifth year. It has a fine clump of about 50 leaves, the longest about five feet long and four inches broad, quite healthy and still growing vigorously, but as yet with no sign of flower spike. I had two, but planted one out of doors two years ago, and the first frost killed it. If those you sent me grow, I will try them out of doors in better place for them--in a small wood. My large one is in a border in my greenhouse, from which frost is completely excluded."