This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Lately introduced from New Caledonia, by Mr. Milne. Stem upright, round, and smooth, producing branches with difficulty. Leaves about two feet long, lanceolate, narrow, dark green, with reticulated silvery white veins, the mid-rib being particularly conspicuous from its prominence and bright color; margin entire and slightly waved, gracefully drooping towards the extremities. As the plant has not yet flowered in this country I cannot describe the inflorescence, but it is, in all probability, worthless in a horticultural point of view. Its best quality is, doubtless, in the beauty of the foliage, and in this it is not surpassed by any other plant of the kind, for it combines beauty of form with pleasing colors; and the stem, from base to summit, being thickly and regularly clothed with these beautiful leaves, it presents altogether a charming appearance. One part peat and two parts good strong loam is the compost it succeeds in best, and plenty of moisture at the roots, but not stagnant with the moist warm atmosphere of the stove, is an essential requirement in the culture of this plant. - London Florist.