Camellia L.
  • Sp. Pl. 2: 698. 1753. (1 May 1753)

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Camellia L. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 26 Sep 2021'

General Information

Shrubs or small trees, rarely large trees, evergreen. Leaves petiolate or rarely sessile and amplexicaul; leaf blade leathery to thinly leathery, margin serrate, serrulate, or rarely entire. Flowers axillary or subterminal, solitary or rarely to 3 in a cluster. In C. subg. Thea flowers clearly pedicellate; bracteoles differentiated from sepals, 2-10, spirally arranged, persistent or caducous; sepals 5(or 6), persistent, distinct or basally connate. In C. subg. Camellia flowers apparently sessile, actually with a short stout pedicel completely covered by bracteoles and sepals at anthesis; bracteoles and sepals not differentiated, ca. 10, caducous or persistent. Petals 5-8(-12), white, red, or yellow, basally ± connate. Stamens numerous, in 2-6 whorls; outer filament whorl basally ± connate into a tube and adnate to petals; anthers dorsifixed, 2-loculed, longitudinally and laterally cleft. Ovary superior, 3-5-loculed, placentation axile. Capsule globose or oblate, 3-5-loculed, sometimes reduced to 1- or 2-loculed by abortion, loculicidal into (1-)3-5 valves from apex; columella persistent or lacking. Seeds globose, semiglobose, or polygonal; testa hornlike; hilum umbilicate; cotyledons full and fleshy with high oil content; endosperm absent.

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    Flora Of CHina @
    'Flora of China @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • A Missouri Botanical Garden
    • B CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
    World Flora Online consortium
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • C CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).