424 Botanical Society of Edinburgh, List of Hybrids. Common Goose. Egyptian Goose. 1 Hooper Swan. Chinese Goose. Canada Goose. Bernacle Goose. White-fronted Goose. Chinese Goose. Spur-winged Goose. Common Duck. r^ A n r Chinese Goose. Canada Goose <r» i /-. 1^ Bernacle Goose. Bean Goose Pink-footed Goose. White-fronted Goose Bernacle Goose. TMuscovy Duck. Shelldrake. Common Duck < Pintail Duck. Wigeon. Egyptian Goose. Shoveller , Garganey Teal. Pintail Wigeon. BOTANICAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH. April 8, 1847. — ^Dr. Greville, President, in the Chair. The following communications were read : — 1. '* Description of an East Indian Palm, Areca triandra of Rox-burgh," by Dr. Balfour. The plant has recently flowered in the Bo-tanic Garden ; and cut specimens of the spadix, spatha and leaves, with a drawing and dissections of the flowers, were exhibited. 2. ** Notes of a botanical trip to the Isle of Wight, in August and September 1846, with remarks on the geographical distribution of the British Flora," by Dr. Balfour. After giving a general de-scription of the geological features of those parts of the island which he had visited. Dr. Balfour enumerated some of the rarer plants found by him near Yarmouth, the Needles, Ventnor, Ptyde, and New-port : among these were some of the rarer species of Rubi, Calamintha sylvatica, Cyperus longus, Matthiola incana, Orobanche barbata, Inula Helenium, Spartina stricta, Dianthus prolifer, Melampyrum arvense ; remarkable specimens of Campanula glomerata, about an inch high ; Agrostis setacea, Calamagrostis lanceolata, Tamarix anglica, Hieracium inuloides, &c. &c. Dr. Balfour next alluded to the nature of the plants found in the island in a geographical point of view, as be-longing to Professor E. Forbes's Devon Flora and Norman Type ; and illustrated his remarks by a set of specimens, so arranged as to show at one view the various Floras of Great Britain and Ireland. Dr. Balfour afterwards read extracts from a letter from Mr. N. B. Ward of London, giving a short account of the successful mode in which he has been cultivating the rarer ferns, Jungermannise, and mosses in his plant-cases.