Camellia chekiangoleosa Hu

A close relative of C. japonica growing eventually into a small tree. Twigs greyish white. Leaves mostly 8-12 cm long; margins saw-toothed in upper half and turned under at the edges. Bracts and sepals 14-16, silvery-hairy. Flowers 8-12 cm wide, red; petals 7 deeply notched, red. Capsule 4-6 cm wide with 3-8 seeds.

S China

Named from the fact that in Chekiang oil is extracted from the seeds.

Leaves large, elliptic, shiny above; flowers red; petals 7; bracts and sepals 14-16; ovary hairless; cf. C. japonica which has 5-6 petals and 10 bracts and sepals.

Source: Withers, R.M.; Spencer, R. (1997). Camellia. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Theaceae
genus        Camellia L.