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.

Bulbophyllum elisae (F.Muell.) Benth.

Mat-forming epiphyte with ovoid pseudobulbs, to 2cm in diameter, deeply furrowed with warty ridges, thin, leathery leaves, to 10cm long, and greenish flowers with reddish stripes and dark red to purple labellum.  [Jones, FNSW].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Plants were sent to Loddiges’ nursery on 6th January 1845: ‘New sp. with prickly pseudo-bulbs from [Gloucester] perhaps a Bolbophyllum.’  [MP A2933-2, p.28].  Probably collected by Macarthur, P. P. King or Bidwill.  If this identification is correct Macarthur appears to have exported this plant long before it was botanically described by Ferdinand Mueller in 1868.


Published Jan 27, 2010 - 10:41 AM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 03:41 PM

Family Orchidaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia

  • Adelopetalum elisae (F.Muell.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.
  • Cirrhopetalum elisae F.Muell.
Common Name

Pineapple orchid

Name in the Camden Park Record

Bulbophyllum sp. 

Confidence level high