Academy Of Natural Sciences

The great additions and improvements to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Broad street, Philadelphia, are now completed and visitors are admitted as heretofore on Tuesdays and Fridays, from one o'clock until sunset, with tickets obtainable gratuitously from members of the society. There is not in the United States a museum of Natural history better worthy a visit than this; its collection of birds alone, entirely unique and very extensive and superb would well repay a lover of nature for the longest journey. Modestly and scientifically conducted by a few well instructed naturalists it forms a curious contrast to the be-musicked and be-puffed so called museums in some places that we could name. This Academy is a real thing, and no sham, and therefore it is not much visited by the many! We are a great people.

Acclimating Fishes

Surprise has been expressed by gentlemen who have given attention to ichthyology, that I could so readily fresh-waterize salt-water fish. Now, the fact probably is, that all fish were originally inhabitants of salt water, but the Deity having implanted in them habits of wandering, they have been gradually dispersed throughout all the waters tributary to the great oceans, and carried by birds to every pond, pool, and lake on the face of the earth, which teems with countless millions of organized insects, eternally propagating their species to supply them with food. Man, animals, and fish can at all times change their residences and become acclimated to any locality. When fish make these changes, it becomes very difficult to note with fidelity the alterations that frequently take place in their color, season of breeding, etc, involving the natural history of this creature in much obscurity. - Pells Report on Fishes.

Achimenes Candida

Presented to the Society by G. U. Skinner, Esq., in the spring of 1848, and said to be from Guatemala.

From a foot to a foot and a half high; stems purplish, nearly smooth, with a few scattered, spreading hairs near the upper end; leaves about four inches long; flowers about half an inch long, with a yellowish tube, and a white, flat, oblique limb, with a short line of purple dots along the middle of each lobe except the frontal one, and many more within the tube. Generally three flowers appear together, of which the central ones open first and the side ones some time afterwards.

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It requires the same kind of treatment as the other sorts of Achimenes. Being a neat, free-blooming plant, it is worth cultivation on account of its white blossoms, an unusual color in the genus. - Horticultural Society's Journal.

Achimenes Ghiesbreghtii

Presented to the Horticultural Society by Mr. Andrew Henderson, of the Wellington Nursery, St. John's Wood Road, in 1849.

Stems erect, deep purple brown, with a few scattered hairs. Leaves opposite, stalked, obleng-lanceolate, rugose, convex, coarsely serrated, not unlike those of the larger stinging-nettle. Flowers solitary, axillary, with a slender hairy peduncle, twice as long as the leafstalks. Calyx smooth, equally five-parted. Corolla deflexed, nearly cylindrical, gibbous at the base on the upper side, one inch and a half long, bright scarlet, with an oblique regular limb, and a circular throat. Disk a lobed fleshy ring. Stigma large, two-lobed, very hairy.

This is a neat, distinct, and rather slender kind, requiring the same treatment as the old A. coccinea, and easily increased by the small scaly rhizomes. It grows about eight or ten inches in height, and flowers from June to August. It is very handsome. - Horticultural Society's Journal.