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.

Pseudanthus species unidentified

Pseudanthus are small heath-like shrubs with leathery leaves, alternate or apparently opposite, and flowers in the upper leaf axils, the males clustered on short peduncles, the female solitary [FNSW].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Three species are found in the Sydney region: Pseudanthus pimeleoides Sieb. Ex Spreng., uncommon and growing in sandy soils in mist gullies; Pseudanthus orientalis (Baill.) F.Muell., growing in coastal dunes and heath; Pseudanthus divaricatissimus (J.Muell.) Benth. found on rocky sites on higher land.  For synonomy see the Australian Plant Names Index at  Macarthur’s plant is likely to be one of these but there is insufficient evidence to determine which.

History at Camden Park

Included in hand-written lists in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library, inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur, 23rd Dec 1854.  [ML 635.9m].  This plant was certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Mar 31, 2010 - 02:48 PM | Last updated Mar 31, 2010 - 02:50 PM

Family Euphorbiaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia


For synonomy see the Australian Plant Names Index at

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Pseudanthus sp. 

Confidence level low