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.

Araucaria species unidentified New Caledonia

No description.  This plant is probably identical to Araucaria columnaris (Forst.f.) Hook. which see, listed under the name Araucaria Cookii in the 1857 catalogue.  The unidentified species was probably replaced by Araucaria Cookii in the 1857 edition when Macarthur confirmed its identity.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No data.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1850 catalogue.  Probably the plant described by William Macarthur as a ‘fine new species from New Caledonia’ [MP A2933-1, p.172].  See Araucaria columnaris (Forst.f.) Hook. for more details.


Thirteen species of Araucaria are found in New Caledonia.  A possibility is one of these, such as Araucaria rulei F.Muell. ex Lindl., a species found only in a small area of New Caledonia.  It is a tree with pendulous branchlets and young growth, and adult leaves to 2cm, oval to elliptic, silvery-grey above, glossy green beneath.  To 15m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Published Jul 27, 2009 - 02:12 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 02:33 PM

Family Araurcariaceae
Region of origin

New Caledonia

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Araucaria sp. (from New Caledonia) 

Confidence level low