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.

Alocasia odora K.Koch

Tender, tuberous-rooted herbaceous plant with ovate leaves, to 90cm long and 75 cm wide on stems to 60cm long, and fragrant, yellowish, spathate flowers.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘From Pegu this most stately species of Arum, Caladium of Ventenat, was sent by the Rev. Mr. Felix Carey, to the Botanic Garden of Calcutta, where it thrives luxuriantly, and blossoms from the close of the rains till January, ripening its seeds in March and April.  the flowers possess a considerable degree of frangrance which to most people is agreeable, a rare quality in the flowers of an Indian Arum.’  [Fl.Ind. iii p.499].

History at Camden Park

Arum odorum was marked with a ‘c’, indicating grown at Camden, in an 1836 Loddiges’ catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA].  Certainly grown in the gardens.


Published Feb 15, 2009 - 02:04 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 02:13 PM

Family Araceae
Region of origin

Tropical India and East Indies

  • Arum odorum Roxb.
Common Name

Arum Lily

Name in the Camden Park Record

Arum odorum 

Confidence level high