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  • A species having a proboscis two or three inches longer could reach the nectar in the largest flowers of Angræcum sesquipedale, whose nectaries vary in length from ten to fourteen inches.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • Both Darwin and his co-discoverer of natural selection, Wallace, called attention to an amazing orchid from Madagascar, Angraecum sesquipedale see colour page 4, and both men made the same remarkable prediction, which was later triumphantly vindicated.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • Both Darwin and his co-discoverer of natural selection, Wallace, called attention to an amazing orchid from Madagascar, Angraecum sesquipedale see colour page 4, and both men made the same remarkable prediction, which was later triumphantly vindicated.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • A species having a proboscis two or three inches longer could reach the nectar in the largest flowers of Angræcum sesquipedale, whose nectaries vary in length from ten to fourteen inches.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • They were predicting that, at some time in the future, somebody would discover a moth with a tongue long enough to reach the nectar in A. sesquipedale.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • They were predicting that, at some time in the future, somebody would discover a moth with a tongue long enough to reach the nectar in A. sesquipedale.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • One of the most famous is the Angraeceum sesquipedale with a 35-cm spur that has evolved in tandem with its pollinator, a species of sphinx moth with a 30-cm-long tongue.

    Madagascar lowland forests

  • For example, Darwin noted, the flower spur of the Malagasy orchid Angraecum sesquipedale contains a pool of nectar that is almost a foot inside the opening of the flower.

    False Fear? - The Panda's Thumb

  • [62] _Angræcum sesquipedale_, a Madagascar orchid, with a whip-like nectary, 11 to 12 in. in length, which, according to Darwin

    Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1

  • [62] Angraecum sesquipedale, a Madagascar orchid, with a whip-like nectary, 11 to 12 in. in length, which, according to Darwin

    Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences

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  • lat. SESQUIPEDALEM da SESQUI = una volta e mezzo e PEDALEM = piede

    Propr. Di un piede e mezzo; fig. Smisurato

    April 22, 2009

  • Cf. English sesquipedalian.

    April 23, 2009