The taste for ferns, now so general, makes the introduction of any striking variety very acceptable to lovers of these graceful plants. The one we now illustrate belongs to a genus very well known, one species Nephrolepis bulbifera, being in very general cultivation. This pretty form was introduced by Messrs. James Veitch & Son, of Chelsea, England, who kindly furnish the following account of it:

" A beautiful and distinct crested variety of the Java fern Nephrolepis davallioides, received from our friends Messrs. J. Baptist & Sons, of Sydney, N. S. W. It is a noble fern, of robust growth, sending forth as from a central tuft numerous arching fronds from three to four feet long; and both in habit and general appearance is a great improvement on the normal form. From this it differs in several striking particuulars; very obvious among these is the furcation of the pinnae. In the sterile pinnae, which are few in number at the base of the frond, the furcation is rudimentary; the fertile pinnae are furcated, and the furcation is twice, and even thrice, repeated in the extremities of the first division. becoming more complex towards the point of the frond. The somewhat coarse serration of the pinnae of the species is replaced in the variety by a crenate edge far more pleasing in outline. It received a certificate of merit from the Royal Botanic Society, June 10, 1874, and a first class certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society, September 17, 1873, and was exhibited at the International Exhibition at Cologne, August. 1875".

NEPHROLEPIS DAVALLIOIDES FURCANS.

NEPHROLEPIS DAVALLIOIDES FURCANS.