1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume IV

Catesbæa Spinosa

Thorny Catesbæa or Lily-Thorn
Class and Order
Tetrandria Monogynia
Generic Character
Cor. 1-petala, infundibuliformis, longissima, supera. Stamina intra faucem. Bacca polysperma.
Specific Character and Synonyms
CATESBÆA spinosa. Linn. Syst. Vegetab, ed. 14. Murr. p. 152. Sp. Pl. p. 159. Ait. Hort. Kew. p. 159
Frutex spinosus, buxi foliis plurimis simul nascentibus, flore tetrapetaloide pendulo sordide flavo, tubo longissimo, fructu ovali croceo semina parva continente. Catesb. Carol. 2. p. 100. t. 100.

Of this genus there is only one species described by authors, and which Linnæus has named in honour of our countryman Mark Catesby, Author of the Natural History of Carolina."This shrub was discovered by Mr. Catesby, near Nassau-town, in the Island of Providence, where he saw two of them growing, which were all he ever saw; from these he gathered the seeds and brought them to England.

It is more usual with Nurserymen to increase this plant by cuttings.

Our drawing was made from a plant which flowered this Spring, with Mr. Colvill, Nurseryman, King's-Road, Chelsea.

131Catesbæa Spinosa
Catesbæa Spinosa
Thorny Catesbæa or Lily-Thorn