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Burchellia bubalina (L.f.) Sims

Frost-tender, erect to spreading shrub with glossy, ovate leaves and terminal clusters of 3-12 narrowly bell-shaped or tubular orange or scarlet flowers, ageing to red, from spring to summer, followed by red to brown berries.  To 5m.  [RHSE, Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘It is a vigorous-growing small tree, and blooms in the spring with us: the flowers are very beautiful, which, together with the rich green of the foliage, render it a desirable plant.’  [LBC no.664/1822].  ‘Mr. Brown, not finding it to accord with any established genus, has considered it as distinct from any, and given it the name of Burchellia in honour of Mr. Birchell, a very enterprising traveller in Southern Africa, who has favoured the public with an interesting account of his travels in that country.  And, certainly, persons who, in spite of deprivations and difficulties, spend a large portion of their valuable time in such hazardous undertakings, for the promotion of science, merit this only reward of the botanist; but we can by no means approve of altering the specific name, which, when once established, should remain inviolate, except for very particular reasons; we have therefore thought it right to restore the name of bubalina’  [BM t.2339/1822].  Introduced to Britain in 1816.  [Don].  BR f.466/1820.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.188/1843].


Published Feb 19, 2009 - 08:44 AM | Last updated Feb 07, 2010 - 04:59 PM

Shown are ovate leaves and terminal clusters of bell-shaped orange to scarlet flowers. Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2339, 1822.

Burchellia bubalina (L.f.) Sims | BM t.2339/1822 | BHL

Family Rubiaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Burchellia capensis R.Br.
Common Name

Buffelhorn wood, Wild pomegranate

Name in the Camden Park Record

Burchellia capensis 

Confidence level high