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Ritchiea arborescens [Macarthur]

I have been unable to identify a plant with the name Richiea arborescens.  The only plant of the genus Ritchiea listed in Paxton’s Dictionary is Ritchiea fragrans R.Br.  Johnston’s Dictionary lists both this plant and Ritchiea polypetala Hook. ex Hook.f., the latter in the 1875 Supplement.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No data

History at Camden Park

Desideratum to Loddiges nursery, 6th January 1845.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].  There is no record that this plant was received and grown at Camden.


Macarthur may have intended Richea, a genus in the family Epacridaceae, but this seems unlikely as neither of the plants listed are known under the specific names given here.  See also Ritchiea erecta Hook.f.

Published Mar 04, 2009 - 03:09 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 01:54 PM

Family Capparaceae
Region of origin

Presumably tropical Africa

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Richiea arborescens 

Confidence level low