Camellia japonica var. flore pleno variegata

Family: Theaceae

Genus: Camellia

Parent: Camellia japonica


As Andrews explains, in Bot. Repos. 2: 91 in 1800, he took some license with the naming of this plant:

In hopes that the subject will plead our excuse, in thus again, obtruding a kind of nonentity, in reference to the sexual system, on our scientific friends; and that a figure, of so rare, and beautiful a plant, would be agreeable to all; we have, once more, put by the etiquette of science, for the charms of beauty; yet for this deviation, we think an apology necessary, as it is undoubtedly not conformable to the plan of our undertaking.

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