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.


A division of the Camden Park catalogues that is very clearly defined. All plants in the category belong to the family Orchidaceae, the largest family in the plant kingdom.

Dendrobium ochreatum Lindl.

Half hardy deciduous orchid with curved and knotted pseudobulbs, to 35cm long, and usually pairs of bright orange flowers, to 7.5cm across, arising from the nodes, with a crimson blotch on the lip.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Dendrobium rex M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones

See Dendrobium speciosum Sm. for more detail.   Dendrobium rex is the largest of the Dendrobium speciosum group with creamy yellow to bright yellow flowers and pseudobulbs to 1.8m long.  Grows on trees and rocks usually.  [Jones].

Dendrobium ruscifolium [Macarthur]

Unidentified species, no description.

Dendrobium schoeninum Lindl.

Half-hardy lithophytic orchid with creeping rhizomes which can grow into large masses on rocks, leaves resembling succulent grass, and branching stems, to 90cm long, bearing 1 or 2 fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers, to 3cm across, with brown-purple stripes, in spring.  It is the southernmost species of dendrobe in Australia.  [Jones, FNSW, Pridgeon, Beadle].

Dendrobium species unidentified

An unidentified species but possibly a form of Dendrobium kingianum Bidwill ex Lindl. which see.  This is quite a variable species.

Dendrobium speciosum Sm.

A quite variable, evergreen, semi-epiphytic orchid with stout, cylindrical pseudobulbs with oblong leaves, to 25cm long, at the ends, and dense racemes, to 60cm long, of fragrant, white, cream or dull yellow flowers, to 6.5cm across, with purple markings on the lips, in spring.  [RHSE, Jones, FNSW, Pridgeon].

Dendrobium teretifolium R.Br.

Frost-tender epiphytic orchid with wiry, pendulous stems, often forming large masses, cylindrical, pendulous leaves, to 65cm long, and numerous racemes bearing up to 16, fragrant, spidery, white to cream flowers, with red or purple-marked lips, in late winter and spring.  [Also see Dendrobium teretifolium R.Br. variety].  [RHSD, Jones, FNSW, Pridgeon, Beadle].

Dendrobium teretifolium R.Br. variety

See Dendrobium teretifolium R.Br.for details.  At least two varieties are recognised in the wild, var. teretifolium, with white, cream or yellow flowers, and var. fairfaxii, with greenish flowers.  

Dendrobium tetragonum A.Cunn.

Frost-tender, variable epiphytic orchid with usually pendulous, quadrangular pseudobulbs, to 50cm long, each bearing up to 5, thin leathery leaves, and short racemes of up to nine spidery, greenish yellow flowers, with reddish markings, in spring.  [RHSD, Jones, FNSW, Pridgeon, Hortus, Beadle].

Dipodium punctatum (Sm.) R.Br.

Frost-tender, leafless, saprophytic, terrestrial orchid with reddish, usually spotted stems, to 90cm high, and terminal racemes of up to fifty, pink to dark mauve flowers, spotted white, in summer.  [RHSD, Jones, FNSW, Beadle].

Encyclia cochleata (L.) Leme

A variable species with pseudobulbs to 25cm, slightly compressed, 3-leaved, each leaf to 40cm long, and erect inflorescences to 50cm, bearing few to many yellow-green to lime green flowers, marked purple near the base, with a deep purple lip, white at the base with deep purple veins, opening in succession over many seasons.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Epidendrum ciliare L.

Frost-tender epiphytic and lithophytic orchid with leafy, pseudobulb-like stems bearing 1 or 2 oblong leaves, and terminal racemes, to 30cm long, of fragrant, white-lipped, pale yellow-green flowers, to 9cm across, sometimes with fringed lobes, in winter.  To 50cm by 30cm.  [RHSE, Pridgeon].

Gongora galeata Rchb.f. var. loddidgesii Autran & Durand

Evergreen epiphytic orchid with clustered, ovate pseudobulbs, to 5cm high, leaves to 30cm long and drooping racemes of tawny-yellow flowers with brownish-red lips.  [RHSD, Hortus].



Habenaria susannae R.Br.

Frost tender terrestrial orchid with stems to 20cm, elliptic leaves to 12cm, and racemes bearing up to 6 white to green-white, fragrant flowers.  Suited to bog gardens or moist places.  [RHSD].

Laelia anceps Lindl.

Frost-tender epiphytic orchid with ovate pseudobulbs with 1 or 2 lance-shaped leaves, to 15cm long, and racemes, to 60cm long, of up to 5 white to light pink flowers, to 6cm across, usually with deeper coloured lips and yellow, purple-veined throats, in winter.  To 60cm.  There are many named colour varieties.  [RHSE, Pridgeon, Hortus, Jennings].

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