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.

Eranthemum species unidentified

Probably an unidentified Eranthemum species, but see Pseuderanthemum asperum Radlk. for information on a related plant.

Horticultural & Botanical History

The genus Eranthemum was proposed by Linnaeus in 1753 [Sp.Pl. vol.1, 9/1753]. In the genus as understood today are some 30 species of perennial shrubby herbs and shrubs from tropical Asia [RHSD/1999]. Several former members of this genus, particularly those from tropical Africa, are now placed in Pseuderanthemum Radlk. [1884].

The figure used here is of Eranthemum crenulatum Lindl. but is illustrative of the genus only.

History at Camden Park

Eranthemum bicolor and Eranthemum sp. first appeared in the record as a handwritten note in an 1850 catalogue in the Mitchell Library collection and inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur, 23rd Dec. 1854.  [ML 635.9m]. Eranthemum sp. did not subsequently appear in the 1857 catalogue.


Published Feb 22, 2010 - 11:12 AM | Last updated Apr 14, 2011 - 03:31 PM

Figured are glossy lance-shaped leaves and terminal spike of small mauve flowers. Botanical Register f.879, 1825.

Eranthemum crenulatum Lindl. | BR f.879/1825 | BHL

Family Acanthaceae
Region of origin


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Eranthemum sp. 

Confidence level low