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.

Bauhinia racemosa Lam.

Frost-tender shrub or small tree with hanging branches, small, lobed leaves and loose racemes of yellow flowers.  [Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Messrs. Wight and Arnott have restored the name originally given by Lamarck to this plant, but which was afterwards applied by Vahl, De Candolle and others, to a very different species.’  [HIP t.CXLI/1837].

Introduced to Europe in 1790.  [JD].  Don.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.132/1850].


See also Bauhinia vahlii Wight & Arn.  This plant, called Bauhinia racemosa by Macarthur, may also be Bauhinia racemosa Lam.  There are a number of examples of plants grown at Camden Park under more than one name.

Published Nov 22, 2009 - 03:35 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 04:49 PM

The line drawing shows heart-shaped leaves, flowers and pods.  Hooker's Icones Plantarum t.CXLI, 1837.

Bauhinia racemosa Lam. | Hooker’s Icones Plantarum t.CXLI/1837 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin


  • Bauhinia parviflora Vahl. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Bauhinia parviflora 

Confidence level high