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.

Bauera rubioides Andr.

Frost tender, mat-forming to low, spreading, bushy, evergreen shrub with 3-palmate, deep green leaves and solitary, bowl-shaped, pink or white flowers, on long stalks from the upper leaf axils, from spring to summer.  To 3m.  [RHSE, Hilliers’, Hortus, FNSW].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Native of New South Wales, where it was originally found by Sir Joseph Banks. […] It is a handsome shrub, growing to the height of five or six feet, with many branches, and flowering during the greater part of the summer and autumn.’  [LBC no.1313/1829].  ‘A handsome flowering shrub, without scent.  Taste of the leaves bitterish, subastringent, not unlike Chinese Tea. […] Received the above name in honour of the two Bauers, natives of Germany, both very eminent botanical draughtsmen in the employ of this country; the elder brother at the Royal Garden at Kew, the younger now on a voyage of discovery in the South-Sea.’  [BM t.715/1804].  Bauera rubioides was introduced to Britain in 1793 by the Marchioness of Rockingham.  [ABR pl.198/1801].  

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.130/1857].  Probably collected locally by Macarthur as it is common in the Sydney region and the Blue Mountains [FNSW].


Published Feb 26, 2009 - 04:50 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 04:50 PM

Shown are the 3-palmate, deep green leaves and solitary, bowl-shaped, pink  flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.715, 1804.

Bauera rubioides Andr. | BM t.715/1804 | BHL

Family Baueraceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia



  • Bauera rubiaefolia Salisb.
Common Name

Dog rose, River rose

Name in the Camden Park Record

Bauera rubioides 

Confidence level high