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.

Ceratopetalum species unidentified

Genus of 5 species of evergreen shrubs and trees from open woodland and rainforest in Australia and New Guinea, valued for their panicles of flowers which give an even showier display of enlarged, brightly coloured calyces after the flowers have finished.  The genus includes Ceratopetalum gummiferum Sm., the Australian Christmas tree, much used in floristry in Australia, and C. apetalum D.Don, the Coachwood, both of which are native to the Sydney and Illawarra regions of New South Wales.  [FNSW, Beadle].  It could also be a species belonging to another genus in the family Cunoniaceae or the related Baueraceae.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No data.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.293/1843].  Macarthur sent two plants to Loddiges’ Nursery in 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.147].


Published Feb 26, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 04:41 PM

Family Cunoniaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Ceratopetalum sp. 

Confidence level low