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.

Lampranthus aurantiacus (DC.) Schwantes

Erect succulent plant with slender, erect stems, 3-angled, spotted leaves with a spiny tip and yellow-orange flowers.  To 90cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Botanically described as Mesembryanthemum aurantiacum by Haworth in 1803 [Miscellanea Naturalia/1803]. Placed in Lampranthus by Schwantes in 1938 [Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni. Veg. vol.43, p.229/1938].

Introduced to Britain in 1793.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Obtained from the Sydney Botanic Garden, 28th October 1846.  [RBGS AB]. This plant has been recorded as a garden escapee in South Australia but is not listed in APNI.


Published Feb 11, 2009 - 03:47 PM | Last updated Feb 09, 2011 - 05:37 PM

The photograph shows a fleshy-leaved succulent with bright orange flowers.

Lampranthus aurantiacus (DC.) Schwantes | Photograph copied from Wikipedia, available on a GNU Free Documentation License

Family Aizoaceae
Region of origin

South Africa, Cape district

  • Mesembryanthemum aurantiacum Haw. 
Common Name

Orange iceplant, Bush iceplant

Name in the Camden Park Record

Mesembryanthemum aurantium 

Confidence level high