Type Image Chosen by Gianmario Motta
Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Benkei'
Japanese Name：弁慶 べんけい
» English Description
Encyclopedia of Camellias in Colour, vol.I, 1972, pl.158, p.88; Seibundō Shinkōsha, 1979, Senchinshū, p.137, colour photo, p.246, description: Light red with 2-3 rows of large, rounded, exterior petals, slightly channelled, with a centre of a few, small petals, petaloids and rare stamens, 11-13 cm across. Early flowering. Leaves large sized, elliptic; apex long acuminate, reflexed. Plant habit, vigorous, erect, bushy growth. see p.314, 315, Yokoyama & Kirino, 1989, Nihon no Chinka. Synonym: ‘Oniwari’. Resembles: Konpira-benkei in Kagawa Prefecture. Originated in Kansai, Japan. Released by Kanaoka Chinju’en Nursery. The modern Benkei is not the same as Kaempfers of 1712, having originated as late as 1967 when listed in Kanaoka Chinka-en, Tsubaki no Shiori, No.2. It was also listed as ‘Oniwarai’ in Tuyama, Nihon no Tsubaki, 1968.