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.

Spathoglottis fortunei Lindl.

Frost-tender, terrestrial, rhizomatous orchid with pseudobulbs arising from the rhizomes, with a few deciduous leaves, and tall, slender racemes of yellow flowers, the lips spotted and marked with red, in autumn.  [RHSD].

Spiranthes sinensis (Pers.) Ames

A terrestrial orchid, usually found in a damp environment including peat bogs, with a basal rosette of narrow, lance-shaped leaves, to 16cm long and spirally twisted flower spike with pink flowers, to 45cm tall.  [RHSD, Jones, FNSW, Pridgeon].

Stanhopea grandiflora (Lodd.) Lindl.

Epiphytic orchid with clustered pseudobulbs, each bearing a single, lance-shaped, plicate leaf, the flowers, usually 2, large, fragrant, ivory white, with a few purple marks.  In culture usually grown in baskets, the flowers emerging from the base or side of the basket.  [RHSD, Hortus, Pridgeon]

Stanhopea insignis Frost

Frost-tender, evergreen, epiphytic orchid with conical, ribbed pseudobulbs, each with a single, large, lance-shaped leaf, and pendant racemes of up to 10, very fragrant, variable, yellow, purple-spotted flowers, appearing from the base of the pseudobulbs over a long time in summer.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Stanhopea tigrina Batem. ex Lindl.

Frost-tender, epiphytic, evergreen orchid with one oblong leaf appearing from the pseudobulbs, and pendant racemes of very large, fleshy yellow flowers, to 15cm across, blotched with dull purplish-brown, from summer to autumn.  To 45cm.  [RHSE, Hortus, Pridgeon].

Vanilla planifolia Andr.

Frost-tender, climbing, vine-like orchid, reaching a large size, with fleshy stems and leaves and aerial roots arising from each stem node, with short, axillary racemes of up to 20, fragrant, whitish-green to yellow flowers in summer.  Vanilla pods are harvested from several Vanilla species, the most important being planifolia.  They are grown on support shrubs and trees throughout the tropics.  The name aromatica suggests one of these species, most probably planifolia.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Zygopetalum mackaii Hook.

An epiphytic orchid with small. 2-3-leved pseudo-bulbs, the leaves to 45cm long, and spikes of 7 or more fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers, marked with purple or brown.  [RHSD, Hortus].

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