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.

Quisqualis pubescens Burm.f.

Quisqualis pubescens is now considered to be a form of Quisqualis indica L. which see.  They are kept separate here for convenience.  Johnson’s Dictionary describes it as a separate species from Guinea, with orange-red flowers.  Don describes the flowers of Q. pubescens as like those of Q. indica

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to England in 1815 [Don].  The name pubescens suggests a form with hairier leaves or stems but Curtis’s Botanical Magazine considered the species to be synonymous.  ‘The smooth [Q. glabra] and pubescent varieties of Burman appear to be the same.’  [BM t.2033/1818].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.817/1850]. This plant was originally imported by John Bidwill in 1843, sent in glazed cases from Kew Gardens in November 1843.  [AJCP].  As it was included among desiderata to Loddiges’, 13th February, 1848, it was probably lost, with Loddiges’ nursery the source of the catalogue plants.  [MP A2933-1, p.172].  See also Quisqualis indica L.


Published Mar 09, 2009 - 03:20 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 02:51 PM

The image shows drooping lance-shaped leaves and long-tubed red and white flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2033, 1818.

Quisqualis indica L. | BM t.2033/1818 | BHL.  This is the smooth rather than pubescent form.

Family Combretaceae
Region of origin

Tropical Africa and south east Asia



  • Quisqualis indica L.
Common Name

Rangoon creeper, Drunken sailor

Name in the Camden Park Record

Quisqualis pubescens 

Confidence level high