At this season of the year, Orchids mainly represent the new plants that come under notice. At the meeting of the Floral Committee on the 15th of December, Messrs Veitch & Sons received first-class certificates for Pleione humilis which, though not altogether new, is yet a very pretty species, somewhat paler in colour than the forms usually seen, and somewhat later in blooming; and for Masdevallia Candida, a member of the group of cool Orchids, and, like the foregoing, not new, as it was shown in flower some seven or eight years ago. It is a rare species notwithstanding, and has pretty pure white semi-transparent flowers that are pleasantly fragrant, while as a plant it is a good grower and increases rapidly. To Dr Rogers, of East Grinstead, was awarded a first-class certificate for Oncidium Rogersii, perhaps the largest flowering Oncid ever seen; supposed by some to be a very fine variety of 0. bifolium, but nevertheless specifically named as above. It has flowers formed of an immense golden lip with a small orange-tinted column; quite distinct in character, and very fine and showy.

A second-class certificate was also awarded to Messrs Veitch & Sons, for Dendrobium Fytchianum, a very pretty species, with an erect habit of growth, producing pure white flowers with rosy purple centres, very showy and appearing to be free blooming, as a small plant had two good spikes of flowers.

Besides these there were a good quantity of Orchids present, foremost among which was a splendid example of Lcelia autumnalis, from S. Rucker, Esq., respecting which Mr Bateman said he had never before "seen so beautiful a specimen," and he regarded it as being even superior to Loelia grandiflora, which was exhibited last year by Mr Anderson of Meadow Bank. Hitherto growers of this magnificent species have had to contend with a tendency on the part of the flower to damp off; and it would seem as if this example had been grown both in a drier and lower temperature than is generally allotted to it. Mr Rucker also sent a glorious specimen of Epidendrum Vitellinum majus, rich in rare beauty, and of especial value because of the durability of the flowers. Mr Bull had a plant of Cypripedium cauclatum in bloom, a somewhat unusual circumstance at this season of the year, and it was thought not impossible to have it in bloom all the year round. Mr B. S. Williams had grand specimens of Angrgecum pellu-cidum, having several pale-coloured racemes of flowers, a good-looking plant, and finely grown; and A. Eburneum, var. superbum, with some fine spikes of bloom.

A new and very curious-looking Richardia, named Melanoleuca, from the Port-Natal district of Africa, was exhibited by Mr W. Bull, and received a first-class certificate. It was scarcely in good condition to judge of its merits, having the appearance of being prematurely forced into bloom, giving the foliage a weakly appearance. It had a short recurved sulphur-coloured spathe, deep purplish black at the base, and running upwards about three-quarters of an inch, and a small golden spadix; the leaves are borne on pale-green and slightly hirsute stems, which are covered with small pale blotches.

A noble and beautiful Palm, named Geonoma Seemanni, was also exhibited by Mr Bull, and received a first-class certificate. It has a singularly handsome habit, and cannot fail to become a first favourite among these attractive plants. Mr Parker of Tooting exhibited a plant of his new Ixora amabilis, which is shortly to be distributed; Mr Tanton, a plant of the notorious Allamanda Wardleiana in flower, and cut flowers of the same to show its winter-blooming qualities; and Mr Bull, a flower of Lasiandra macrantha, by way of demonstrating that it will bloom from March till December.

A group of Weatherill's hybrid Solanums came from both Mr Weatherill of Homsey and Mr B. S. Williams of Holloway. They are such marked improvements on the old forms of S. pseudo-capsicum and S. capsicastrum, that they will be certain to be much sought after for winter decoration of houses. In style of growth, as well as in shape of berry, they also vary; so there is not such a sameness about them as might be supposed. It will be remembered that last year some first-class certificates were awarded to three or four distinct types. A first-class certificate was awarded to Mr Weatherill for one of the finest forms of a pale-coloured single Primula sinensis fimbriata ever seen, and named Wonderful. The flowers were white, distinctly edged, and suffused with rose, and had a showy yellow centre; the pips were astonishingly large, measuring nearly 2 1/2- inches in diameter, and the texture unusually stout. It will form a fine strain if it can be perpetuated by seed. R. D.