Camellia pitardii var. pitardii

Shrub or small tree. Branchlets hairless. Leaves to 10 cm long, elliptic, pointed, sharply toothed. Flowers mostly 3-5 cm wide, rose to white of mostly 5-6 petals. Stamens 2-3 cm long, outer ones fused for about half their length. Styles 3-parted. Fruit 3-5 cm wide.

Very similar to C. saluenensis. Hybridises readily with C. cuspidata, C. fraterna, C. japonica, C. reticulata and C. tsaii.


Variable in flower colour and size. Leaves elliptic, sharply saw-toothed. The var. yunnanica has branchlets that are often hairy and leaves lanceolate; it is similar to C. reticulata and has been hybridised extensively with it.

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.
species         Camellia pitardii Cohen-Stuart