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Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Bulbous and Tuberous Rooted Plants

A division of the Camden Park catalogues that is not clearly defined. Some of the more important families of the Hortus are included here, Amaryllidaceae, Iridaceae and Liliaceae. It also contains a wide assortment of other plants with a modified stem or root that acts as a storage organ. Such plants are usually deciduous and have a distinct dormancy period. Shrubs and trees are not included, but there is some overlap with herbaceous plants.

Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs

Frost-tender, long-stemmed, trailing, rhizomatous perennial, with leaves dark green above, often red-flushed beneath, and numerous solitary, long-tubed, bright red or rose-pink flowers from summer to autumn.  To 45cm.  [RHSE, GRA p.12].

Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs var. rosea

For a description of the species see Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.FuchsAchimenes rosea is a variety of Achimenes erecta which occurs naturally with with rich deep rose flowers. It is treated here as a naturally occurring variety rather than cultivar. See also Achimenes erecta ‘Superba’, A. erecta ‘Eximia' and A. erecta ‘Splendens’.

Achimenes erecta ‘Elegans’

For a description of the species see Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs.  A variety or cultivar with deep rosy lilac flowers, larger than the type [FC p.194/1847].

Achimenes erecta ‘Eximia’

Probably a cultivar of Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs var. rosea, synonym Achimenes rosea Lindl. It is not listed in the Gesneriad Register-Achimenes and I have found no other reference to this plant.

Achimenes erecta ‘Intermedia’

‘Intermedia’ is probably a cross between Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs and its naturally occurring variety Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs. var. rosea.  [GRA p.13].  See the individual entries for a description of the parents.  Its name suggests that it is intermediate in appearance between them.

Achimenes erecta ‘Pyropaea’

For a description of the species see Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs.  Pyropaea suggests that this variety or cultivar had particularly brightly coloured red flowers.

Achimenes erecta ‘Splendens’

Probably a cultivar of Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs var. rosea, synonym Achimenes rosea Lindl. it is not listed in the Gesneriad Register-Achimenes and I have found no other reference to this plant.

Achimenes erecta ‘Superba’

Presumably a cultivar of Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs var. rosea, synonym Achimenes rosea Lindl. It is not listed in the Gesneriad Register –Achimenes.  It may be synonymous with A. coccinea (Scop.) Pers. ‘Superba', described as ‘fine, deep scarlet, with slight marks down the centre of the petals, somewhat larger than A. coccinea.  [MB p.124/1847].  A. coccinea (Scop.) Pers. is another synonym of A. erecta.

Achimenes grandiflora DC.

Frost-tender, erect, rhizomatous perennial, with leaves dark green above and flushed red beneath, and solitary or paired, reddish-purple flowers with white eyes and purple-dotted throats, from summer to autumn.  To 60cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Achimenes grandiflora DC. var. liebmannii (Lem.) Voss

See Achimenes grandiflora DC. for a description of the species.  Similar in growth and habit to Achimenes grandiflora but with vivid rose purple flowers, without the whitish blotch at the throat.  To 45cm.  

Achimenes hirsuta Lindl.

Today Achimenes skinneri and Achimenes hirsuta are regarded as synonymous but they were usually regarded as separate species in the Victorian literature and for that reason are given separate entries here.  [RHSD]. See Achimenes skinneri Lindl. for the principal entry. It seems probable that Achimenes hirsuta and Achimenes skinneri as grown by Macarthur were noticeably different in appearance.

The Botanical Register describes Achimenes hirsuta as resembling Achimenes pedunculata [Benth.] and, like the latter, it bears bulblets in the axils of its leaves and branches.  [BR f.55/1843].  Its red flowers have a deep rose-coloured border, the lobes notched.  Allen describes Achimenes hirsuta with ‘hairy leaves and rose-coloured flowers with a yellow eye’.

Achimenes hirsuta ‘Carmesii’

Achimenes ‘Carmesii’ is a form of Achimenes hirsuta Lindl.  I have found no specific description.  See Achimenes hirsuta Lindl. and Achimenes skinneri Lindl. for further information.

Achimenes longiflora DC.

Frost-tender, free-flowering, trailing, rhizomatous perennial with leaves dark, metallic green above, often flushed red beneath, and violet, or lavender to pale purple flowers with a golden throat and yellow tube, to 6cm long, from summer to autumn.  To 40cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Achimenes longiflora ‘Major’

See Achimenes longiflora DC. for a description of the type.  Major is a variety with metallic green leaves, lavender to pale purple flowers with a golden throat and yellow tube, longer than the type, to 7.5cm long.  [RHSD].  

Achimenes mexicana Benth. & Hook.

Frost-tender rhizomatous perennial with paired, ovate, toothed, hairy leaves, to 12cm long, and flower stems to 60cm, bearing a solitary purple or blue flower with a pale mauve throat and spreading lobes, to 5cm long.  [RHSD].

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