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.

Oxalis brasiliensis Lodd.

Frost-hardy, short-growing, bulbous species with leaves composed of 3, rounded and centrally-notched leaflets, somewhat purplish beneath, and magenta to rose-coloured flowers with darker throat and veins, to 2.5cm across, carried on scapes, to 15cm, each bearing up to 4 flowers.  [RHSD, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A native of Brazil, roots of which we received in 1829 from Mr. Warre, who collected them himself.  It flowered in May 1833, and is a very pleasing plant, as indeed are most of this extensive genus.  [LBC no.1962/1833].  Floral Cab. p.67/1839. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.366/1843].  Naturalised at Camden Park, forming extensive, vibrant pink patches in parts of the house garden lawns in early spring.  It is probable that most of the Oxalis species grown in the gardens were obtained from Loddiges’ Nursery, a major supplier to Camden Park, before 1843.  Most of them are figured in Conrad Loddiges’ Botanical Cabinet.  Exceptions are Oxalis rosea, known to have arrived on the ‘Sovereign’ in 1831, and the later introductions Oxalis elegans, obtained from Veitch’s nursery, and Oxalis lupinifolia.


Given the common name Camden Oxalis by a one-time Director of the Sydney Botanic Garden in recognition of its strong association with Camden Park.

Oxalis brasiliensis is naturalised in parts of NSW and in South Australia.

Published Feb 17, 2009 - 05:10 PM | Last updated Jan 28, 2010 - 02:18 PM

Illustrated is a low-growing plant with deep green leaves and vibrant pink flowers.  Floral Cabinet p.67, 1839.

Oxalis brasiliensis Lodd. | Floral Cab. p.67/1839 | RBGS

Family Oxalidaceae
Region of origin


Common Name

Camden oxalis

Name in the Camden Park Record

Oxalis Braziliensis 

Confidence level high