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. var. tamarindifolia

For a brief description of the species see Schotia speciosa Jacq.  Tamarindifolia is a variety of Schotia speciosa with much broader, tamarind-like leaves, composed of up to 10 pairs of bluntish, ovate leaflets.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Although the leaflets of this plant are considerably broader than in Schotia speciosa, more obtuse, even frequently emarginated, and rarely mucronate, and have the internal margin hollowed, so as to give them somewhat of a kidney shape, we should nevertheless have been inclined to consider them as mere varieties.’  [BM t.1153/1808].  Introduced to Britain in 1795.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Only listed in the 1850 catalogue.


See also Schotia latifolia Jacq.

Published Dec 25, 2009 - 04:31 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 02:21 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves with broad leaflets, and panicle of bright red flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1153, 1808.

Schotia speciosa Jacq. var. tamarindifolia | BM t.1153/1808 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Schotia tamarindifolia Afzel. ex Sims 
Common Name

Hottentot bean

Name in the Camden Park Record

Schotia tamarindifolia

Confidence level high