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.

Juanulloa mexicana (Schldl.) Miers

Frost tender, epiphytic shrub, becoming scandent with age, with elliptic leaves, to 20cm long, woolly beneath, and short racemes of semi-pendant, tubular orange flowers, to 5cm long, in summer.  To 2m or more.  Although epiphytic on trees and rocks in its native habitat it will grow well in pots.  [RHSE].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1840.  [JD].   ‘It will surprise many of our readers, perhaps, to be told, that this fine plant, known in our stoves, we believe, for four or five years, and pretty widely dispersed under the name of Brugmansia parviflora, and B. floribunda, has nothing to do with that Genus; and is, in fact, one of the rarest of plants (speaking botanically), a Genus always spoken of by authors as “solis Ruiz et Pavonio notum.”  A reference to the figure in the Flora Peruviana of Juanulloa parasitica will convince any one that the so-called Brugmansia can be no other than that remarkable “parasite (or rather, I apprehend, an epiphyte), upon the trunks of trees in woods near Pozuzo and San Antonio de Playa Grande, in Peru.”  It was there discovered by the authors of that fine work, and well figured by them.  Notwithstanding its parasitic nature, it flourishes freely if planted in earth, and kept in a moist and warm stove, and recommends itself both by its handsome foliage and its large and richly-coloured calyces.  Our plant flowered at Kew in the summer months.’  [BM t.4118/1844].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.602/1850].


Published Feb 27, 2010 - 02:42 PM | Last updated Feb 27, 2010 - 02:48 PM

Figured are elliptic leaves and short racemes of semi-pendant, tubular orange flowers. Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.4118, 1844.

Juanulloa mexicana (Schldl.) Miers | BM t.4118/1844 | BHL

Family Solanaceae
Region of origin

Mexico to Peru

  • Juanulloa aurantiaca Otto & Dietr.
  • Juanulloa parasitica Hook.
  • Brugmansia parviflora Hort. ex Walp.
  • Brugmansia floribunda Paxt.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Juanulloa aurantiaca 

Confidence level high