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Achimenes patens Benth.

In growth habit similar to Achimenes longiflora DC. which see.  The solitary flowers are red-violet, flushed with yellow and dotted with violet on the white throat.  To 30cm.  It will flower for many months of the year.  [Moore, Hortus, GRA p.32].

Horticultural & Botanical History

The London Horticultural Society, quoted in The Gardeners' Chronicle, described it as having ‘the habit and foliage of A. longiflora it bears flowers of so intense a violet that no artificial colours can imitate it.’  It was introduced to the gardens of the Horticultural Society in 1845 by Hartweg.  [Gard. Chron. 1846].  E. G. Henderson offered for sale in The Gardeners' Chronicle of 1849 Achimenes patens major, ‘a variety worthy of a place in every collection; the habit of the plant is good, and the flowers a rich dark plum colour.’  MB p.197/1846.  FS pl.III 7e Liv./1847.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.12/1850].  Obtained from Kew Gardens, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849.  In the confirmatory list sent by Macarthur to King it is marked with a ‘o’, meaning new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].  It was also requested of James Backhouse on 1st February, 1849 but not recorded as received.  [MP A2933 p.183].


Published Aug 26, 2009 - 04:46 PM | Last updated Aug 25, 2011 - 02:34 PM

Shown is an Achimenes with hairy leaves and deep purple flowers. Paxtons Magazine of Botany p.197, 1846.

Achimenes patens Benth. | MB p.197/1846 | RBGS


Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Central America

Common Name

Achimenes, Hot water plant, Cupid’s bow

Name in the Camden Park Record

Achimenes patens


Confidence level high