The clothed Calanthe, Calanthe vestita, is in my opinion one of the most handsome species of Calanthe in cultivation. It is a fine terrestrial orchid, and was discovered growing near Moulmein in 1846 by Mr. Lobb, a collector in the employment of Messrs. Veitch & Son, London, England.

The leaves are radical, from twelve to sixteen inches in length, and of a pale green color, and the delicate yet beautiful flowers are produced on terminal, upright spikes from six to ten inches in length, and they are well covered with large flowers of a delicate pure white, stained in the center with rich, deep crimson, the striking contrast rendering the flowers extremely interesting. It is a species that is easily cultivated, growing in a compost of sandy peat and leaf mould. The pot or pan should be at least half filled with drainage, and this should be well covered with moss before the plant or the compost is placed therein.

This Calanthe must be grown in a light, airy part of the house to perfect the full development of its flowers, as well as to color them good. The plants require to be carefully watered, and should never be saturated at their roots. Give a moderate supply only. When dormant give a temperature of about 55° and keep the plants rather dry. When growing give more water, and if possible a higher temperature, from 60° to 70°. Propagation is effected by a careful division of the plant at the root. The generic name is derived from "Kalos," beautiful, and "anthos." a flower. Queens, N. Y.