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.

Erythrina crista-galli L. var. laurifolia

See Erythrina crista-galli L. for information on the type.  Laurifolia has laurel-like leaves and flowers of a rich, dull crimson.  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1800 from South America.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.429/1850].  Erythrina laurifolia was specifically requested of Loddiges’ Nursery on 1st February, 1849 [MP A2933-1, p.185] and obtained from them, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King.  [ML A1980-3].  It appears to have been previously obtained from George Stevenson of Adelaide in 1844 but probably died.  [ML A2933-1, p.20].  


Published Dec 18, 2009 - 04:40 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 11:56 AM

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South America

Common Name

Cock?s comb coral tree, Common coral tree

Name in the Camden Park Record

Erythrina laurifolia 

Confidence level high