1805. The name-stick differs from the number-stick in having the name written or printed at length, instead of a number, figure, or sign, referring to some list or catalogue containing the name. Any of the written number-sticks will serve also for a name-stick; but, frequently, the upper end is broader, square, round, or oblong, and inclined to the stem, so that the name may meet the eye at a parallel angle for reading. A very neat sort of naming-instrument for plants in hothouses, which do not require to be often removed, is formed of white earthenware, on which the name may be written with ink or pencil, or printed. A variety of other devices for numbering and naming planted plants, by instruments inserted in the ground, might be mentioned, but these will probably suffice.