Allamanda cathartica L.

Frost-tender, vigorous, evergreen climber with whorls of 3-4 lance-shaped leaves and axillary and terminal cymes of golden-yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers from summer to autumn.  To 16m.  [RHSE, Hortus]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘[Found] in Cayenne and Guiana, on or near coasts and the banks of rivers, growing among other trees or shrubs, and supporting itself by them to a considerable height.’  [LBC no.259, 1818].  ‘All the species of Allamanda are worth cultivating, in every collection of stove plants for the sake of the beauty of their large, yellow flowers and whorls of showy foliage.’  [Don].  ‘Introduced to this country in 1785 by Baron Hake. […] Of this genus, which has a considerable affinity with that of Vinca and Plumeria, only one species is described in Linnaeus’s works, and this is usually increased by cuttings.’  [BM t.338/1796].  BM t.4411/1848.  FC p.73/1845.  MB p.77/1841. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.40/1850]. 


Published Jan 15, 2009 - 03:15 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 11:42 AM

The image depicts a shoot with leaves and a golden yellow trumpet-shaped flower.  Curtis's Botanical Cabinet  t.338, 1796.

Allamanda cathartica L. | BM t.338/1796 | BHL

More details about Allamanda cathartica L.
Family Apocynaceae
Region of origin

Central and South America

  • Allamanda aubletii Pohl. 

Common Name

Golden trumpet

Name in the Camden Park Record

Allamanda cathartica 

Confidence level high