or eight feet long, bearing large and handsome flowers three inches across, and varying in color from orange to red, with
deep purple-red spots. I ,_
measured one spike, which reached the extraordinary length of nine feet eight inches, and bore thirty-six flowers, spirally arranged upon a slender thread-like stalk. Specimens grown in our English hot-houses have produced flower-spikes of equal length, and with a much larger number of blossoms.
Flowers were scarce, as is usual in equatorial forests, and it was only at rare intervals that I met with any thing striking.
A few fine climbers were sometimes seen, especially a handsome crimson and yellow seschynanthus, and a fine leguminous plant, with clusters of large cas-sia-like flowers of a rich purple color.
Once I found a number of small anona-ceous trees of the genus Polvalthea, producing a most striking effect in the gloomy forest shades. They were about thirty feet high, and their slender trunks were covered with large star-like crimson flowers, which clustered over them like garlands, and resembled some artificial decoration more than a natural product. (See illustration, p. 93.)
The forests abound with gigantic trees with cylindrical, buttressed, or furrowed stems, while occasionally the traveller comes upon a wonderful fig-tree, whose