Corallobotrys acuminata Hook.f.
Frost-tender, epiphytic, evergreen, irregularly branched shrub with alternate, bluntly toothed, lance-shaped leaves, purple beneath, and abundant corymbs of small, pendant, almost globular, bright coral-red flowers. [RHSD, Don].
Horticultural & Botanical History
‘One of the many beautiful Vaccinieae which abound in the subtropical and temperate regions of the humid Indian mountains, but of which very few have hitherto been introduced into European gardens. The present species was first detected by Wallich’s collectors in the mountains near Silhet (Khasia), and has been gathered there abundantly by Griffith and Drs. Hooker and Thomson.’ [BM t.5010/1857]. Don.
History at Camden Park
Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.975/1857].
Thibaudia acuminata Dun. (1838), a species reportedly from Peru, is a possibility. I have no further information.
Thibaudia acuminata Hook.f. (1869) = Cavendishia acuminata Benth. ex Hemsl. and is not Macarthur’s plant.
Published Jan 09, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Last updated Mar 30, 2010 - 04:47 PM