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.

Crinum scabro-Macleayi no.4

A Crinum zeylanicum L. x Crinum Macleayi hybrid.  The latter is unidentified but is probably a form of one of the native Australian species, Crinum flaccidum Herb. or Crinum pedunculatum R.Br.

In 1845 and 1846 William Macarthur described ten Crinum scabro-macleayii hybrids in his gardening notebooks.  [MP A2948 Notebook no.4, p.4].

No.4.  Leaves long, narrower, pointed, deep green gradually tapering from the base, 2½ inches, to a slender point, 12-14 inches.  A number are almost recumbent.  Scape 2 feet.  [The next section is somewhat indistinct, but does describe a scape with 12-16 fragrant flowers.]  The petals are ¾-1 inch broad, 3 inches long, the corolla expanding to 4½ inches diameter, of delicate rosy pink inside and out but white at the base and with an irregular broad crimson stripe in the centre, very fragrant.  [The next section is also indistinct] Filaments white, scabrous, anthers white, stigma tipped with purplish crimson.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Probably hybridised at Camden Park by John Bidwill but William Macarthur may also have played a role.

History at Camden Park

Crinum scabro-Macleayi was listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857catalogues [B.92/1845] without any further information. 


Published May 05, 2009 - 04:39 PM | Last updated Jul 04, 2012 - 04:34 PM

Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Crinum scabro-Macleayi

Confidence level high