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Thursday, 16 June 2016

FFF239 - CAMELLIA

Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan 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, who worked in the Philippines, though he never described a camellia.

This genus is famous throughout East Asia; camellias are known as cháhuā (茶花) in Chinese, "tea flower", an apt designation, as tsubaki (椿) in Japanese, as dongbaek-kkot (동백꽃) in Korean and as hoa trà or hoa chè in Vietnamese. Of economic importance in the Indian subcontinent and Asia, leaves of C. sinensis are processed to create the popular beverage, tea. The ornamental Camellia japonica, Camellia oleifera and Camellia sasanqua and their hybrids are represented in cultivation by a large number of cultivars.

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21 comments:

  1. Hiya Nick, How interesting:
    I had no idea that is where the name came from.
    C. sinensis - I wonder if we could grow our own [green] tea. That would be fun.
    Thanks for the party.

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  2. Love this macro of the camellia! Beautiful shot:) Thanks for hosting.

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  3. Camellia always make me think of the old book and movie :)
    Thanks for hosting :)

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  4. Tea flowers seems like a perfect name. Beautiful colors and shapes in ur photo.

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  5. How beautiful is that camellia! Beautiful macro! here's my entry! https://thegirlthatdreamsawake.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/pretty-flowers/

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  6. Fabulous capture! Have a great weekend and thank you for hosting.

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  7. I love camellia, dear Nick! I Like the smell and how they look like.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for your comment!
    Frauke

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  8. Dear Nick, a lovely shot from the heart! Thanks for your comment, I can always read it! So you don't have to worry. Have a nice weekend. Hetty

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  9. Oh, I love camellias! I was fortunate enough to be in Florida during February when all their Camellias were in bloom. What a treat that was!

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  10. Stunning, a very beautiful close up of your camellia, and what a great macro shot!

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  11. Heisann.... Summer holiday starts, and I can enjoy the garden the whole day.... Hope the best for your weekend ;:OD)

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  12. Marvelous macro! Thanks for hosting.

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  13. I like camellien very much. They make me think of nice old ladies having their teatime.
    Have a nice weekend. Greetings, Nicole

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  14. Fantastic macro shot !!
    Happy weekend !

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  15. It's interesting how they got their name. Also great colours and a wonderful macro!
    Have a nice weekend, dear Nick. Best wishes,
    Annie

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  16. a lovely shot.......fantastic Nick...
    Have a nice weekend Jen

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  17. Very Beautifull, wish you a nice week!

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