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Passiflora ‘Elegans’

Probably a Camden-bred hybrid, parentage unknown.  No description is extant.  It may be one of the hybrids originally numbered 1 to 10 in Macarthur’s notebook and described under these numbers.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.725/1857]. William Macarthur’s note book no.4, [MP vol. 52], contains descriptions of 6 hybrid passifloras, unnamed.  These possibly represent some of the named hybrids, including elegans, which subsequently appeared in the 1857 catalogue.  The normal type generic name and italicised specific name of ‘Passiflora elegans’ as printed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues is strongly indicative of a Camden Park hybrid.


In light of the above a very unlikely possibility is Passiflora elegans as figured in the Floricultural Cabinet and raised by James Cockburn Esq of Guernsey from seed sent from South America.  The plant figured has deep crimson flowers with a purple-green corona.  [FC p.266/1834].  The identity of this plant is not clear. It remains an outside possibility for Macarthur's plant and is illustrated here.

Passiflora elegans Mast., not botanically described until 1872, has white flowers. Passiflora elegans Triana & Planch. (1873), a synonym of Passiflora quindiensis Killip (1938), has tubular orange flowers. Neither can be Macarthur's plant.

Published Jan 31, 2010 - 02:14 PM | Last updated Oct 05, 2011 - 01:26 PM

Figured are a Nemophila and Forget-me-not with blue flowers and a Passion flower with crimson flowers.

Passiflora elegans | FC p.295/1834 | BHL. This plant is unlikely to be Macarthur's Passiflora elegans, but see Notes.


Family Passifloraceae
Region of origin

Gaden origin, Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Passiflora elegans

Confidence level high