Among the easiest ferns to grow are the various forms of " Kidney Scaled Ferns" or Nephrolepis, and some few of them are common in window and room gardening. We give herewith an illustration of a new variety of a species natural to the Fiji Islands. It was introduced to cultivation by the firm of Messrs. Veitch & Sons, of Chelsea, near London. It has at once taken a stand in popular favor, and was recently exhibited at a meeting of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. We have the following account of its origin and special features from Messrs. Veitch & Sons:

Nephrolepis Rufescens Tripinnatifida

This is unquestionably the handsomest and most effective of all the forms of the widely distributed Nephrolepis rufescens yet discovered; it is a native of the Fiji Islands. The fronds are tufted, erect or sub erect, 2 to 3 feet high; the stipes and rachides are of a glossy red-brown color and clothed with ferrugineous tomentum. The pinnae are much cut and divided into segments in endless variety as to length and form, the lower pinnae being the simpler, gradually becoming more complex upwards. The aspect of the plant is light and graceful in the extreme; for the decoration of the stove and for baskets, it is the finest plumose Fern known".

Nephrolepis rufescens, Var. tripinnatifida.

Nephrolepis rufescens, Var. tripinnatifida.