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 numerosa A.R.Bean

A single specimen was sent to John Lindley at the London Horticultural Society, an accompanying letter dated 11th February 1848 describing it as ‘Erythrina sp. Dr. Leichhardt’s expedition, small tree bearing orange coloured blossoms.’  [MP A2933-1, p.157].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Erythrina sp. nova’ is possibly Erythrina vespertilio Benth. which see.  Bentham published his description in 1848.  ‘Erythrina sp. nova’ first appeared in the 1843 catalogue with Erythrina vespertilio listed in 1850.  In this case the retention of the listing as ‘sp. nova’ in 1850 and 1857 is in error.  However, Erythrina numerosa, only formally named in 2008 although long known, does occur in the region in which Leichhardt collected and is a possible identification.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.432/1843].


Published Dec 20, 2009 - 04:53 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 11:55 AM

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia, Queensland, Moreton Bay area

Common Name

Pine Mountain Corkwood, Pine Mountain Coral Tree

Name in the Camden Park Record

Erythrina sp. nova 

Confidence level medium