Few people who only know the natural order of violets, - Violaceae, could imagine that in Borne parts of the world some of the genera take on the character of woody shrubs. The following account of one of these competitors for a place in a subtropical shrubbery is from the Gardening World:

" In the Laurel-leaved Violet we have a member of the Viola family, which has been named Viola laurifolia, by Smith, in Rees' Cyclopce-dia; but so like a Viola is it in general structure, and yet so different in appearance, that it has received various names at the hands of different authors from time to time. According to our standard authorities it is most correctly named Corynostylis Hybanthus, and is figured in the Bo-tanical Magazine, t. 5960, under that name. Its other synonyms are Corynostylis Aubletii, Calyp-trion Aubletii and Viola Hybanthus, besides that above given, namely, Viola laurifolia. The English name is a happy one and might, for the matter of that, be generally adopted, as the plant belongs to the Viola family, and is besides deliciously scented. It is, moreover, a climbing shrub that was first introduced to cultivation by Mr. Linden, from Para, and extends over a tract of country extending from the Amazon to Venezuela, Columbia, Guatemala and St. Vincent; and was first flowered in Britain in Mr. Bull's nursery, at Chelsea, in 1872. The leaves are large and leathery, shallow-ly-toothed or serrated at the margins, and resemble those of a Laurel to some extent, as the English name implies.

The general appearance of the axillary racemes of white flowers, with their stout, curiously twisted spurs, forcibly reminds one of some of the Indian Balsams, that is a species of Impatiens".