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per surface glabrous, pale beneath; the lowermost leaves shorter. Sheaths ample, with a membranous margin, elegantly lineated, and having a large, obtuse, appressed ligule. Spike terminal, large, shorter than the uppermost leaves, consisting of loosely imbricated, coriaceous, broad, ovate, smooth, four-flowered bracteas, each about three inches long ; inner bracteas thin and membranaceous, much smaller than the outer ones. Flowers very large; orange coloured, highly fragrant. Calyx two inches long, oblong at the upper end, subventricose and split on one side, much bearded, entire. Tube of the Corolla cylindrical, two inches and a half long, double the length of the calyx; limb spreading; exterior laciniæ linear, acute, loosely patent, about fourteen lines long; inner two (or lateral ones) cuneate, unguiculate, rather shorter than the outer ones, but their apex much broader than those, shortly clawed. Lip very large, roundish, retuse, lateral margins sometimes notched, an inch and a half in diameter, furnished with a short, broad claw. Filament divaricate, thick, semicylindrical, orange-coloured, equalling in length the inner petals, rather, though very little, shorter than the lip. Anther oblong, thick, fleshy, half an inch long, with a saggitate, bilobate base, the lobes of which are slenderish. Ovary thick ovate, obscurely triangular, shining, smooth: Style filiform, pallid, with the usual two short, yellow bodies at its base (within the tube): Stigma rather large, clavate, compressed, transverse, obtuse and convex, greenish-yellow, villous. Wallich.

The present is one among many fine plants, for specimens and drawings of which I have again to acknowledge W. T. Aiton Esq. A root of Hedychium flavum was brought by Dr. Wallich from India, in August, 1828, and presented by the Hon. the East India Company to Kew Gardens, where it produced its magnificent blossoms in the same month of the present year.

The specimen was received through Dr. Wallich, and that most enlightened and most liberal of Botanists, not withstanding his numerous and important engagements, has been so kind as to draw up the above account of it for me, although there is already an accurate description in Flora Indica; partly, as he says, because he never saw the plant in such perfection before, as it was produced at Kew, and partly, because it seems possible, that the roots may have derived from the mountains on the

Irawaddi,