Aeschynanthus

(aischuno, ashamed, ugly, and anthoa, flower; robably referring to the wide-mouthed gaping of the s.). Gesnerdcew. About 40 species of tropical Asian twining or rambling parasitic small shrubs, bearing very showy, more or ess fleshy tubular fls., and cult. in warm houses (stoves) : lvs. opposite or verticillate, thick, or even fleshy: perfect stamens 4, ascending under the upper part of the imperfectly 2 lobed corolla ; stigma entire : capsule 2-valved. Nearly all the s ecies of this exceedingly interesting genus are from t a hot, tropical forests of Java and Borneo, where they grow in company with orchids and other plants on the trunks of trees. The fls., which are produced in the axils of the lvs. and at the ends of the shoots, last a long time in perfection. Being epiphytal under natural conditions, they should be put in a root ing medium which will require renewal not oftencr than once in two years. They must have perfect drainage, as they sufl‘er from stagnant moisture, but during the period of growth they must have copious supplies of water. Prop. by seeds, cuttings, and division. Cut tings are the most satisfactory in building up a flower ing plant from the beginning. Seeds are slow, and di vided pieces, unless their roots are in a good condition previous to the operation, do not make as good plants as cuttings. Cuttings should be taken early in the spring, and kept close until they are rooted and established in small pots. During the first year they should not be allowed to bloom, but encouraged to make growth by pinching out the ends of the shoots and shifting into larger pots as they require it. Most of the kinds look their best when grown as basket plants suspended from the roof of the stove. Wire baskets are best. In pre paring them, first put in a lining of moss, next a goodly quantity of rough cinders, and the rooting material may consist of chopped fibrous peat, sphagniun, charcoal, and small pieces of pots or bricks, with a little coarse grained sand. For a basket 12 in. across, several small plants out of 3-inch pots may be used, and in a hot, hu mid atmosphere the growth is encouraged until the sides of the receptacle are covered. During winter they should be rested by _ withholding water to a cer tain extent, and decreasing the temperature consider ably. A good method of growing the scandent kinds, where facilities are at hand, is to start the small plants on blocks of wood, attach these to damp but warm walls, to which they will cling by means of the roots thrown out from every leaf joint. Cult. by G. W. Ouvsa.