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.

Calochilus robertsonii Benth.

Terrestrial orchid with an ovoid tuber, a long, narrow, conspicuously channelled leaf, to 20cm long, and a terminal raceme of up to 8, greenish-purple flowers, the labellum covered with purple hairs, in spring.  To 35cm.  [Jones, FNSW, Beadle].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [O.59/1850].  Collected at Nangus in southern NSW, a Macarthur family grazing property.


See notes at ‘Orchid species unidentified no.3’.

Published Jan 26, 2010 - 05:27 PM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 03:47 PM

Family Orchidaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia

Common Name

Purple beard orchid

Name in the Camden Park Record

Orchid no.25 

Confidence level high