Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Camellia


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!

Susanne

15 comments:

The Retired One said...

Gorgeous flower with tons of history!

Susanne49 said...

Thanks for the visit, Joan :)

Linda said...

Beautiful photo! Love the information on it.

So glad it's a little warmer down south for you!

drppanda said...

Very nice flower. Is your husband fully fit now! I hope so.

Susanne49 said...

Hi Linda,
thank you for your kind comment. Yes, it's way a better feeling no more having those cold temperatures.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much Dr. Panda :)

Vaggelis said...

so beautiful

Marcie said...

Such a colorful..welcome change to see a beautiful flower on this grey winter day!!!

Footsteps said...

I always get a lift from your lovely photos.

nothingprofound said...

So beautiful! I love flowers. Just the sight of them makes life worth living.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you all so much for your kind comments:

@ Vaggelis

@ Heather

@ Marcie

@ nothingprofound.

I appreciate your visits and your words to me.

Anne Vis said...

Amazing flower!

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much Anne :)

Aim My Nick said...

Usually, I found woman named Camellia always beautiful, now first time I see a flower named Camellia. It beautiful too. Thanks for shooting the beautiful photo, first time I watch Camellia in form of flower.

Susanne49 said...

You're very welcome, Murad. I'm glad you like Camellia also as a flower. She is beautiful, like the Lady :)

There is an Opera with the name "The Camellia Lady"... do you know about that? Google it...

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