On the morning of the 20th of April last the steamer in which I was a passenger dropped her anchor a little way up one of the rivers on the north-east part of Formosa. As this was my first visit to this fine island, and as I knew we had only a short time to stay, I lost no time in going on shore. Before leaving the vessel I had been examining with a spy-glass some large white flowers which grew on the banks and on the hill sides, and I now went in that direction, in order to ascertain what they were. When I reached the spot where they were growing, they proved to be very fine specimens of lilium japonieum - the largest and most vigorous I had ever seen. As I was admiring these beautiful Lilies, which were growing as wild as the Primroses in our woods in England, another plant of far more interest caught my eye. This was nothing less than the Rice-paper Plant - the species which produces the far-famed Bice-paper of China, named by Sir W. Hooker Aralia papyri/era. It was growing apparently wild; but the site may have been an old plantation, which was now overgrown with weeds and brushwood. The largest specimens which came under my notice were about five or six feet in height; and from six to three inches in circumferenoe at the base, but nearly of an equal thickness all up the stem.

The stems, usually bare all the way up, were crowned at the top with a number of noble looking palmate leaves, on long foot-stalks, which gave to the plant a very ornamental appearance. The under side of each leaf, its foot-stalk, and the top part of the stem, which was cla,ped by these stalks, was densely covered with down of a rich brown color, which readily came off upon any substance with which it came in contact I did net meet with any plant in flower during my.rambles, but it is probable the plant flowers at a later period of the year. Numerous small plants were coimmr through the ground in various directions which a Chinese soldier carefully dug up for me, and which are now safely deposited in Mr. Beale's garden at Shanghai. These, with a lew samples of the largest stems I could find, will be sent to England in the course of a few months; the latter will prove an interesting addition to our museums of vegetable productions. The proportion of pith in these stems is very great, particularly near the top of vigorous growing ones, and it is from this pure white substance that the beautiful article erroneously called "Rice-paper* is prepared.

The Chinese call this plant the Tung-tsaou. What it was, or to what part of the vegetable kingdom it belonged, was long a mystery to botanists, who were oftentimes sadly misled by imaginary Chinese drawings, as some of those which have been published will clearly show, now that our knowledge has increased. Indeed the only drawing I have seen in Europe, which has any claim to be considered authentic, is that brought from China by Mr. Reeves many years ago, and which I have seen in the library of the Horticultural Society Of London.

The Tung-tsaou is largely cultivated In many parts of the island of Formosa, and with rice and camphor forms one of the chief articles of export Mr. Bowrino, who read a paper upon the Rice-paper Plant, before the China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, informs us that the Canton and Fokien provinces are the chief consumers, and that the town of Foo-chow alone is supposed to take annually not less than 80,000 worth of this curious production. The cheapness of this paper in the Chinese market, as Mr. Bowring justly remarks, is evidence of the abundance of the plant in its place of growth, and more especially of the cheapness of labor. "That 100 sheets of this material (each about three inches square), certainly one of the most beautiful and delicate substances with which we are acquainted, should be procurable for the small sum of 1 d. or 1d., is truly astonishing; and when once the attention of foreigners is directed to it, it will doubtless be in considerable request among workers in artificial flowers in Europe and America, being admirably adapted to their wants."* The larger sheets, such as those used by the Canton flower-painters, are sold for about l1/2d. each.

If the Tung-tsaou proves hardy in England, its fine foliage will render it a favorite among ornamental plants in our gardens. Judging, however, from its appearance when growing on its native island, and from the temperature of Formosa, I fear we cannot expect it to be more than a greenhouse plant with us. Plants of it are already in the Royal Garden at Kew, and the point will soon be set at rest by actual experience. - R. F, in Gardeners' Chronicle.