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.

Argyrolobium andrewsianum Steud.

Half-hardy shrub with pure yellow flowers.  To 60cm.  [Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Goodia polysperma has firmly established itself in this neighbourhood [Sydney]; and, until I read your remark respecting it, I was under the impression that it was indigenous.’  [W. Woolls on Introduced Plants near Sydney – The Journal of the Linnean Society vol.10, p.40/1869].

First cultivated in Britain in 1798, raised from seed by the nurserymen Lee and Kennedy.  [Don].  ABR pl.237/1802.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.370/1843].


Goodia lotifolia Salisb. is native to, and widely distributed in eastern Australia, including the Sydney region.  This may have lead to some confusion about the origins of Goodia polysperma A.DC. (synonym Goodia lotifolia Hort.), quoted as of Australian origin by some authors.  Woolls and other authors may have confused the native Goodia lotifolia Salisb. with Goodia polysperma.  Macarthur, in using the name Cytisus tomentosus, and having Don as a major reference, is unlikely to be referring to anything other than the South African plant.

Published Dec 17, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 04:46 PM

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Cytisus tomentosus Andr.
  • Goodia polysperma A.DC.
  • Goodia lotifolia Hort.
  • Dichilus ciliatus Spreng. f.
  • Chasmone andrewsiana E.Mey.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Cytisus tomentosus 

Confidence level high