Mr. Humboldt's Acineta, Acineta Humboldti, is a very curious and interesting epiphytal Orchidaceous plant. It is a native of Laguayra, from whence it was introduced in 1837.

It may be described as being a strong-growing evergreen plant, having short pseudo bulbs, and leaves about one foot in length, and producing its flower spikes from the base of the pseudo bulbs. As the flower spikes invariably take a downward course, the plant should be grown in a wire basket filled with sphagnum moss, in order to enable the flower spikes to fully develop themselves without interruption. The flowers are both singular and showy, but unfortunately they only last in perfection for a short time; they are of a deep chocolate color spotted with crimson.

This Acineta is a plant that can be easily cultivated, and should be grown in a shallow wire basket filled with sphagnum moss. In placing the plants in the baskets keep them well elevated in the centre, so as to avoid all injury to the young shoots by damp or an excessive supply of moisture. During the plant's season of growth they should be given a warm moist atmosphere, with a liberal supply of water at their roots. In the winter, or when in a dormant state, a lower temperature with a less supply of moisture is required. In order to preserve the flowers of this pretty species as long as possible, it is best to remove the plants when in bloom to as cool and dry a situation as one has at his command; and in watering the plants be very careful not to wet the flowers. Propagation is effected by a careful division of the plant, and this should be done just before it starts into growth.

The generic name is derived from "Akineta," immovable, the lip of the flower being jointless, and the specific name was given in honor of its illustrious discoverer. Queens, N. Y.