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.

Schotia speciosa Jacq.

Frost-tender evergreen shrub or small tree, often with several stout stems, sometimes twisted, compound leaves with up to 16 pairs of leaflets, and terminal panicles of bright red or pink flowers followed by woody fruits, to 13cm long.  To 6m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1759.  [JD].  ABR pl.348/1804.  Jacq. IPR pl.75/1781-93.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1843, 1845 and 1850 catalogues.


Schotia speciosa Blanco (1837) = Cynometra ramiflora L.

See also Schotia latifolia Jacq.

Published Dec 25, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 02:21 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves with many leaflets, and panicle of bright red flowers.  Jacq. IPR pl.75, 1781-93.

Schotia speciosa Jacq. | Jacq. IPR pl.75/1781-93 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Schotia afra Thunb.
  • Guaiacum afrum L. 
Common Name

Hottentot bean

Name in the Camden Park Record

Schotia speciosa 

Confidence level high