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.

Plowmania nyctaginoides (Standl.) Hunz. & Subsils

Fully hardy, fast-growing evergreen climber with 4-angled stems, pinnate leaves, to 7cm long, and racemes of tubular orange flowers, to 2.5cm long, from spring to autumn.  To 5m or more.  [RHSE].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This anomalous plant is known only from a few collections on high-elevation, volcanic peaks near the Guatemala-Mexico border.  In the original description, Standley (1940) expressed doubt as to the generic placement of this plant.  He later recognized its intermediate position between Browallia, Streptosolen, and Brunfelsia (Standley and Steyermark, 1940).

It must, however, be excluded from Brunfelsia on the basis of having a broadly lamellate stigma and plicate corolla lobes that are bright scarlet in color, resembling the corolla of Streptosolen jamesonii.  Streptosolen has a distinctly twisted corolla tube that is lacking in the present plant.  Its proper generic disposition must await a thorough evaluation of related genera of the Salpiglossideae. [It has now been placed in the monotypic genus Plowmania Hunz. (Hunziker and Subils, 1986). Eds.]  [Fieldiana – A Revision of the South American Species of Brunfelsia p.119/1998].

Introduced to Britain in 1820.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

First listed in a hand-written entry in an 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library [ML 635.9m] and subsequently in the 1857 catalogue [T.180/1857].  Brunfelsia montana is listed in both the 1830 and 1836 editions of Loddiges Nursery catalogues, copies of which are held at Camden Park [CPA].


Published Feb 27, 2010 - 02:48 PM | Last updated Jul 31, 2010 - 04:25 PM

Family Solanaceae
Region of origin


  • Brunfelsia nyctaginoides Standl.
  • Brunfelsia montana Lodd. ex Loud.
  • Brunsfelsia gracilis Heynh.
  • Brunfelsia magnifica Gentil.
  • Franciscea augusta Heynh.
  • Franciscea gracilis W.Baxt.
  • Martia opifera Lacerda ex J.A.Schmidt
  • and many more
Common Name

Chilean glory flower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Brunsfelsia montana 

Confidence level high