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.

Saxegothaea conspicua Lindl.

Fully-hardy, slender, conical evergreen tree or shrub, bushy in cold areas, with whorled branches bearing lance-shaped leaves, to 3cm long, barred silver beneath, and terminal, fleshy, spherical, prickly, grey-green female cones, to 1.5cm across, in autumn.  To 20m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The interesting Coniferous genus Saxegothaea was first discovered by Mr. W. Lobb [collector for Veitch’s Nursery] in 1846 in the Chilean province of Llanquihue, at the Bay of Coman about Lat. 42 degrees S., and was named by Professor Lindley after H.R.H. the Prince consort’.  [BM t.8664/1916].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [C.79/1857].


Published Aug 09, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 05:04 PM

Figured are leaves and cones + line drawings of cones and seeds.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.8664, 1916.

Saxegothaea conspicua Lindl. | BM t.8664/1916 | BHL

Family Podocarpaceae
Region of origin

South America

Common Name

Prince Albert?s yew

Name in the Camden Park Record

Saxe-Gothaea conspicua  

Confidence level high