Crapnell's Camellia

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Crapnell's Camellia
Camellia crapnelliana
Camellia crapnelliana.jpg
Camellia crapnelliana
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Theaceae
Genus: Camellia
Species: C. crapnelliana
Binomial name
Camellia crapnelliana
W. J. Tutcher
Fruit of Camellia crapnelliana

Camellia crapnelliana, Crapnell's Camellia (Chinese: 紅皮糙果茶 or 克氏茶), is a flowering Camellia native to Hong Kong.

In 1903, the Camellia crapnelliana species was first collected and described by W. J. Tutcher from Mount Parker, Hong Kong; only one plant was found at that time.[1]


Camellia crapnelliana, Crapnell's Camellia, is a 5-7 metre [15–21 ft] tall small tree with thickly leathery leaves and solitary and terminal flowers.


It is distributed in Hong Kong on in Mount Parker, and in Mau Ping on Ma On Shan peak. It is also distributed in Guangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang in China.[2]


The seed oil is edible.

The Crapnell's Camellia plant was introduced to Japan in 1968. Only a small number of plants have been cultivated in Japan because grafting on Camellia japonica or Camellia sasanqua is difficult.[1]


In Hong Kong, Camellia crapnelliana is a protected species under Forestry Regulations Cap. 96A.


  1. ^ a b Camellia crapnelliana Tutcher
  2. ^ Hong Kong Herbarium: Camellia crapnelliana

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