167 KINA BALU : SECOND EXPEDITION.
state, it is an open question as to whether the radical pitchers differ in shape or size, as is the case with most other species." Nepenthes villosa has most beautifully rose-coloured pitchers, which seem to attain the largest size, nearly a foot long, when half-buried in moss and leaves, on the more sheltered parts of the mountain, where the trees are stunted. It is to be found growing plentifully up to 10,000 feet. There was besides these two beauties a small species somewhat like N. pliyllamphora (Willd.) ; but, unfortunately, I am no botanist, or I might perhaps have discovered other botanical wonders on Kina Balu.
3rd.aTo-day I discovered my lost green Finch, of which Nyhan shot a pair the night before we left Melangkap last year. I have seen three of these birds to-day, one of which I shot, but failed to find. Yesterday I collected all the old Dusun rat-traps and got the
Kadyans to mend them. I set them last night in some likely-looking runs ; the result this morning is one rat and a " Topia Tanah "aa new species of insectivore resembling a squirrel, and named Topia montana (Thos.).
4th.aYesterday it rained steadily from 10 a.m. until night, accompanied by a severe thunderstorm. This morning the world, as far as we know, is enveloped in a saturating mist : this soon, after the sun rose, became a steady downpour, which continued without intermission during the day. So we passed a most miserable day, sitting huddled round
dusun rat-trap.dusun rat-trap.