The twisted petaled Trichopilia tortilis is a very pretty free flowering dwarf evergreen orchid. It is a native of Mexico, from whence it was introduced in 1835. The leaves which are of a dark-green color and about 4 inches in length, are produced from the summit of the pseudo bulbs which are about 2 inches in length. From the base of these bulbs the flowers are produced. The flowers which are freely produced at different times throughout the year are quite curious in form, the sepals and petals being twisted like a corkscrew and of a brown and pale yellow color, the creamy white lip being spotted with red.

The Trichopilia is a plant that can be easily cultivated and should be grown in a compost of fresh sphagnum moss intermixed with bits of charcoal in order to secure sufficient drainage. In placing the plant in the pot keep it in the centre, and well elevated above the rim, in order to prevent the young shoots from being injured by damp or an excess of moisture; this will also give the flowers an opportunity to properly develop themselves. Water can be freely given whenever the plants are in a state of growth, but when at rest do not give so much. In the winter give a temperature of from 55 to 60°, keeping the plants as close to the glass as possible at all times.

If the plants, when in bloom, are removed to a cool and dry atmosphere they will remain for a long time in perfection, care being taken to carefully moisten the roots of the plants occasionally, or whenever necessary. Propagation is effected by a careful division of the plant; this should be done before the plant starts into growth.

The generic name is derived from " thrix," a hair, and "pilion," cap, in allusion to the anthers being concealed below a cap surmounted by tufts of hair, and the specific alludes to the twisted form of the petals and sepals.

When well grown, this is a very pretty and desirable orchid, and as it can be easily grown, and procured at a very reasonable price, it is certainly deserving of more attention than it at present receives. Queens, L. I.