American zoologists have abandoned the practice of using capitals for specific terms that may be derived from proper names. Botanists are urged to follow them, and we notice in some recent numbers of the American Naturalist, that the editors are giving plants names in that way. Now, we should write Amaryllis Treatae, or Primula Parryi, and translate them Mrs. Treat's Amaryllis, and Dr. Parry's Primrose, - but Amaryllis treatse, and Primula parryi - treat's amaryllis and parry's primrose, have a small look, - and there are other reasons why the good old rule should be sustained.