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.

Dendrobium devonianum Paxt.

Frost tender, pendulous, deciduous orchid with stems to 1m long and usually 1 or 2 creamy white flowers, to 5cm across, the lip fringed, white, margined purple and blotched orange at the base and bordered with a lace-like frill, in spring or summer.  Pseudobulbs may bear up to 100 flowers.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Assuredly one of the most delicate and most lovely of all Orchideous plants, and worthy to bear the name of that distinguished nobleman, the Duke of Devonshire, who has done so much to encourage Horticulture and Botany.  It is a native of the Khoseea hills, East Indies, and bears this name in Mr. Paxton’s Magazine of Botany, vol. vii.  I do not find it anywhere fully described.  Our plant, from which the accompanying figure was made, is from the collection of the late Mr. Clowes.  It flowered with us in September, 1847.  The charm of this plant is confined wholly to its flowers: the stems and foliage possess no attractions.  Except in the colour and markings and pubescence, the flowers have a considerable resemblance to those of D.fimbriatum.  The leaves are widely different.’  [BM t.4429/1849]. 

Introduced to Britain in 1837.  [JD].  MB p.169/1840.  FS f.647/1851.

History at Camden Park

The only reference to this plant is a hand written entry in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library [ML 635.9m].  This copy bears William Macarthur’s signature and the date 23rd Dec. 1854.  It did not appear in the printed 1857 edition but was certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Jan 25, 2010 - 03:37 PM | Last updated Jan 25, 2010 - 03:42 PM

Figured are leaves and cream flowers with a fringed lip and red and yellow markings.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.4429, 1849.

Dendrobium devonianum Paxt. | BM t.4429/1849 | BHL

Family Orchidaceae
Region of origin

India, Burma

  • Dendrobium pictum Griff. ex Lindl.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Dendrobium Devonianum 

Confidence level high