Chosen by Gianmario Motta
Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Alba Semiduplex'
Palmer's Semi-double White
James Burnett, ed., 1837, Magazine of Botany & Gardening, new ser. vol.3, p.150. Synonym for Alba Semiduplex.
» English Description
Chandler & Booth, 1831, Illustrations and Descriptions of Plants which compose the Natural order of Camelleae, pl.33: Acording to J. Reeves esq., dated Canton, 1826, that Mr Beale was the first to send a plant of this variety to England. The flower consists of 8 or 9 roundish petals, ranged in 2-3 rows, and averaging more than 10 cm across. They are, at first, bell-shaped but gradually open out nearly flat; as well as the column of stamens which is short and divided into separate parcels. The largest petals are round and about 4 cm in diameter, the others are roundish-oblong and a little smaller. Synonym: ‘Semi-double White’.