Camellia, the camellias,
is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are native to eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalaya east to Korea and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species, with some controversy over the exact number. The genus was named by Linnaeus after the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel from Brno, who worked on the Philippines. This genus is famous throughout East Asia; camellias are known as cháhuā (茶花) in Chinese, as tsubaki (椿) in Japanese, and as dongbaek-kkot (동백꽃) in Korean.
The most famous member – though often not recognized as a camellia – is certainly the tea plant (C. sinensis). Among the ornamental species, the Japanese Camellia (C. japonica) (which despite its name is also found in Korea and Eastern China) is perhaps the most widely-known, though most camellias grown for their flowers are cultivars or hybrids.
Hi my friends,
thank you so much for all your visits and comments and kind words yesterday.
It's time for us to get out a little bit again for "snapping" some fresh air. It's very nice today out there, the sun is shining but the temps are in the 60's - don't forget to take the jacket with you :)
See you again tomorrow? yes, here...exactly on this spot, I'll be here!