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.

Tephrosia species unidentified

Tephrosia is a genus of about 100 species of mainly herbs and sub-shrubs widely dispersed around the world in warmer climes.  [RHSD].  Macarthur’s Tephrosia sp. is possibly Tephrosia grandiflora (L’Hére. ex Ait.) Pers., from South Africa, the only species naturalised in the Sydney area.  [Beadle].  This is a frost-tender evergreen shrub with pinnate leaves composed of up to 7 pairs of lance-shaped leaflets, to 2cm long, and short terminal or axillary racemes of red to purple, pea-like flowers.  To 1m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Tephrosia grandiflora was introduced to Britain in 1774.  [JD]. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.961/1843].


Published Dec 26, 2009 - 10:35 AM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 02:35 PM

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Probably South Africa

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Tephrosia sp. 

Confidence level low