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.

Australian Natives

All of these plants will also appear in one of the Camden Park catalogue categories.

Paraserianthes lophantha (Willd.) I.C.Nielsen

Frost-tender, spineless tree or tall shrub with leaves consisting of up to 12 pairs of pinnae, each composed of up to 40 pairs of bluntish leaflets, and axillary racemes of pink or white flowers, forming bottle-brush-like spikes, in spring.  To 3m.  [RHSD, Beadle].

Passiflora herbertiana Ker-Gawl. var. herbertiana

Half-hardy, robust-stemmed climber with minutely hairy leaves, to 12cm wide, and solitary or paired, pale orange-yellow or greenish flowers, to 10cm across, followed by green fruit, to 5cm long.  [RHSD, Don, FNSW, Beadle].

Peperomia species unidentified

Peperomia are semi-succulent herbs with usually opposite or whorled leaves and a terminal or axillary spikes of crowded, small flowers. [FNSW].

Petrophile diversifolia R.Br.

Small to medium shrub with deeply dissected leaves and terminal clusters of white, woolly flowers.  To 3m. [Blackhall & Grieve – How to know Western Australian Wildflowers p.129/1974,].

Phaius australis F.Muell.

Frost tender, evergreen, colony-forming ground orchid with crowded pseudobulbs, large, pleated, lance-shaped leaves, to 1.25m, and flower stems to 2m with up to 15 flowers.  The flowers are fleshy, reddish-brown internally, whitish outside.  [Jones, FNSW].

Philotheca buxifolia (Sm.) Paul G.Wilson

Frost tender, evergreen shrub with small, roundish leaves and solitary, pinkish, axillary flowers, to 2cm across, in early summer.  To 60cm.  [RHSD, FNSW, Beadle].

Pholidota imbricata (Roxb.) Lindl.

Epiphytic orchid with pseudobulbs bearing 1 leathery leaf, and apical inflorescences forming a pendant, 2-ranked pseudospiral of pinkish flowers in spring.  [RHSD, Jones, Pridgeon, Hortus].

Phyllocladus aspleniifolius (Labill.) Hook.f.

Half-hardy evergreen tree with bluish, fan-shaped, flattened stems (phylloclades), resembling the leaves of celery, usually toothed or lobed, to 5cm long, and fleshy pink, cup-like seed coats, usually at the edge of the phylloclades.  [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Pittosporum revolutum Ait.

Half hardy, bushy shrub with alternate, lance-shaped leaves, to 11cm long, woolly beneath, and few-flowered terminal umbels of bell-shaped yellow flowers in spring and summer, followed by spherical orange capsules.  To 4m.  [RHSE, FNSW, Beadle].

Pittosporum undulatum Vent.

Half hardy, dense, rounded tree with lance-shaped, wavy-margined leaves and terminal umbel-like clusters of fragrant, creamy white flowers in spring and summer, followed by orange-brown capsules.  To 24m.  [RHSE, Hilliers’].  

Platycerium bifurcatum (Cav.) C.Chr.

Large epiphytic fern with sterile ‘nest leaves’ forming a large mass at the top of the plant, the branched fertile fronds either erect or pendant.  Plantlets grown from buds and enable the clump to encircle the tree trunk.  [RHSD, Hortus, FNSW].

Platycerium superbum de Jonch. & Hennipman

Large epiphytic fern with sterile ‘nest leaves’ forming a large mass at the top of the plant, the branched fertile fronds pendant and often very long.  Plantlets are not formed as in Platycerium bifurcatum.  [RHSD, Hortus, FNSW].

Podocarpus elatus R.Br. ex Mirb.

Ornamental, small, occasionally tall, dioecious tree with fibrous bark and bright green lance-shaped leaves, to 15cm long.  The seeds are borne on a blue-black, edible, fleshy receptacle, hence the common name.  [Hilliers’, FNSW, Beadle].

Podocarpus lawrencei Hook.f.

Hardy, shrubby, decorative dwarf conifer, forming a low, densely-branched mound or a creeping carpet to 1-2 metres across.  [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers’, FNSW].

Polyosma cunninghamii Benn.

Frost hardy small tree with opposite, elliptic leaves, to 10cm long, irregularly and coarsely toothed, and racemes of tubular flowers with spreading tips, to 1cm long, in spring and summer.  To 15m. [FNSW, Beadle].

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