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Camellia lutchuensis T.Ito

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    Flower
  • Leaf
    Leaf
  • Branch
    Branch

Explanations

Origin
Distribution:Japan(Amami-Oshima to Iriomote Is.of Okinawa).
Characteristics
Flowers:White,with slightly pink-edged outer petals,5-6 petals,very small,2-2.5cm in diameter,cup shape with outward curved edges.Flowering in February to April.
Leaves:Elliptic to ovate-oblong-elliptic,3-4.5cm long and 1.5-2cm wide,green,less shiny, venation is obscure.
2n=30.
Uses
This species has the strongest fragrance within all species presently cultivated, and it is regards as one of the most important materials for fragrant camellias breeding.
A large number of hybrids between this species and others have been reported.And many of these hybrids have fragrant flowers, the similar flower shape and leaf shape as this.
References
N.Hakoda N.Adachi:"The species of the genus camellia (The collections of Seibu-Maizuru botanica institute)" Bulletin of the Seibu-Maizuru botanical institute 1:1-54