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]

Description[edit]

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.

Distribution[edit]

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]

Uses[edit]

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]

Conservation[edit]

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

References[edit]

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

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