H.M. The Queen of the Netherlands has made Dr E.D. Merrill, Arnold Professor of Botany at Harvard University, an Officer in the Order of Oranje and Nassau, with which honour we congratulate both Dr Merrill and Malaysian botany. Dr A.C. Smith of the Arnold Arboretum has been appointed ass. curator of the U.S. National Herbarium, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.