One is always certain to find something of interest in the Botanic Gardens here.

Looking in the Mexican house a week or so ago, I came across a splendid specimen of Sobralia macrantha, with nine flowers open at the time, and a glorious sight it was.

This genus of terrestrial Orchids is peculiar to the American continent, and the species are found all the way from Peru to Mexico. The one referred to is found principally in Guatemala, sometimes in very exposed situations, on bare rocks, where the roots attain a hold in the fissures for support. Several attempts have been made in this country and Europe to establish the plants in like manner, but, so far as I am aware, all have proved a total failure. Under cultivation they do best in large, well-drained pots, in peat, chopped sphagnum and charcoal. Several flowers are formed on the extremities of long, slender stems, more than one of which seldom opens at a time, lasting about three days, when another is ready to take its place, until all have bloomed out. They are very large - "four to five inches across" - and showy, of a beautiful purple color, shaded with crimson. The above I consider the best of the genus. It is considered "miffy" by cultivators, but well repays any extra care and attention bestowed on it.

Washington, D. C.