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.

Gymnosporia species Port Stephens

Unidentified species of Gymnosporia or a related genus. Gymnosporia Benth. & Hook.f. is a genus of tropical and subtropical shrubs and trees of the family Celastraceae, often spiny and mainly from Africa.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Australian natives now generally referred to other genera of Celastraceae, particularly Celastrus and Maytenus, have been referred to Gymnosporia in the past, but there is insufficient information to correctly identify this plant.

History at Camden Park

Hand-written in an 1850 catalogue in the Mitchell Library collection, inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur, 23rd. Dec. 1854.  [ML 635.9m]. Certainly grown by Macarthur, probably collected by or with Captain P. P. King or Edward Bowman.


Published Mar 31, 2010 - 12:08 PM | Last updated Mar 31, 2010 - 12:10 PM

Family Celastraceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia, NSW, Port Stephens district

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Gymnosporia species Port Stephens 

Confidence level low