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Perianth of six conuivent segments, the three outer broadly ovate-obtuse, concave, ciliolate at the margins, the three inner oblong, hooded ; fertile stamens three, opposite the outer segments of the perianth, and attached to their very base. Filaments very short. Authers yellow, roundish, didymous, 2-celled, introrse, dehiscing longitudinally. Staminodes 3, op- posite to and half the length of the iuner segments of the perianth, peta- loid, purplish, spoon-shaped. Rudiment of the style short, columnar, minutely 3-lobed at the apex. Female flower unknown. It is probable that a specimen (without number), gathered by Gerard at Natal, and also preserved at Kew, is the female of this plant. In the latter the leaf-lobes are narrower, more tapering, and much more tomentose than in Messrs. Veilch's plant ; the flower-spikes are axillai-y, tomentose ; the ovaries are also clothed with a dense coat of down, and are shorter than the subtend- ing bracts; the segments of the perianth are oblong-obtuse. — Gard. Chron. 1870, p. 1U9, and fig. 217.

DiPLACHNE SINENSIS, iZ««ce (Graminea) . — VideJourn. 5o^.Vol.VIII. p. 76.

DoLicHANDKONE Lawii, Seem. (Bignoniacece) . — Vide Journ. Bot. Vol. VIII. p. 380.

DRACiENA CYLINDRICA, HooTc. f. (^LUiacecE, Asparagine(s) ; caule erecto indiviso folioso, foliis sursum gradatira majoribus patenti-recurvis e petiolo lato obovato-lanceolatis abrupte acuminatis, nervis obscuris, spica sessili terminali amentiformi densa cylindrica obtusa, bracteis ovato- lanceolatis acuminatis tubum angustum perianthii sequantibus, pedicello brevi apice tuniido, perianthii laciniis anguste linearibus albis recurvis filamento medio paulo incrassato aequantibus, antheris parvis flavis, stylo gracillimo, stigmate obscure 3-lobo. — Hab. Old Calabar, Hort. Kew., from Gr. ]\Iann and Rev. W. C. Thomson, being near D. bicolor,Bot. Mag. t. 5248.— 5o/. Mag. t. 5846.

Dracontium elatum. Masters {Aroidece) ; cormo oblate-sphseroideo, fibras radicales carnosas superne tautum emittente ; foliis radicalibus synanthiis, solitariis vel binis, petiolatis, pedatisectis (diametro 3-4-peda- libus), segmentis primariis 3 vel 5, obovatis imparl, interrupte, decur- siveque pinnatipartitis, lateralibus interdum apice dichotome divisis, segmentis ultimis oblongo-lanceolatis, acuminatis glabris-costatis, arcuato- nervosis ; petiolis 5-6-pedalibus et ultra, teretibus, apicem versus sensim attenuatis, pone basin tuberculatis maculisque violaceis annulosis undulatis notatis ; scapo tereti 5-6-pollicari ; spatha 8-9-pollicari coriacea, pur- purea, fornicata, convergenti-nervosa, longiuscule acuminata acumine in- fiexo ; spadice cylindraceo bipoUicari breviter stipitato, ab apice deorsura florente ; tloribus numerosissimis ebracteatis monochlamydeis, hermaphro- ditis, arete approximatis ; perianthio 6-7-9-partito ; segmentis spathu- latis apice cucuUatis festivatione imbricatis ; staminibus perianthii seg- mentis numero cequalibus iisque oppositis demum exsertis, tilamentis latis ; antheris dorsitixis, bilocularibus, loculis oblongis, apicem versus rima porosa extrorse vel lateraliter dehiscentibus ; ovario supero, sub- 3-lobo, 3-loculare ; stylo crasso subconoideo ; stigmate tri-radiato ; ovulis in quovis loculo solitariis, placentae axili, mediante funiculo brevissimo, affixis, campylitropis ; fructu adhuc ignoto. — Hab. In Africa occidentali ; e Sierra Leone elata, v. v. in Hort. Bull. The Jroid, of which a technical description is above given, will not vie in size with the Godwinia gigas of Seemann {■Journ. Bot. Vol. VII. p. 313, t. 96 and 97), but it is very much

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