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.

Lysiphyllum hookeri (F.Muell.) Pedley

Frost-tender, small, semi-deciduous tree with two-lobed leaves, and white flowers with prominent red stamens, to 7cm across.  [Wrigley].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.138/1850].  This is one of the plants that William Macarthur successfully raised from seed collected by Ludwig Leichhardt on his first expedition.  What is believed to be a survivor from the original plants is still growing in the Camden Park gardens.  This plant may be the same as specimen no.5, ‘Bauhinia’, part of the produce of Leichhardt’s expedition presented to the Sydney Botanic Gardens on November 10th 1847 [RBGS AB].  Liechhardt’s seed collection from his first expedition was divided between the Sydney Botanic Garden and William Macarthur, who had superior propagating facilities at this time.


It is used as a street tree in Northern Australia and has been used as a potted plant in well lit rooms.  [Wrigley].

See also Lysiphyllum carronii (F.Muell.) Pedley.  The third native Australian bauhinia is Lysiphyllum cunninghamii (Benth.) de Wit, synonyms Phanera cunninghamii Benth., Bauhinia cunninghamii (Benth.) Benth., a frost-tender evergreen or deciduous tree with small, pea-shaped orange-red flowers in summer from Tropical Australia.  This is not found as far south as Moreton Bay.

Published Dec 10, 2009 - 07:38 PM | Last updated Aug 05, 2010 - 09:00 AM

Figured are the two-lobed leaves, and numerous white flowers with prominent red stamens.  Camden Park gardens.  Colin Mills.

Lysiphyllum hookeri (F.Muell.) Pedley | Camden Park | Colin Mills

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Australia, eastern Queensland, from Moreton Bay to the tropical north

  • Bauhinia hookeri F.Muell.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Bauhinia sp. (Dr. Leichardt

Confidence level high