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Bizantina (Van Houtte)

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CountryUnited Kingdom

Year Published/Registered1841

Cultivar Type:For Ornamental

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Scientific Name:Camellia japonica 'Bizantina '

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Under this name  there are different descriptions  which reflect different  cultivars. Names  are  various ‘Bizantina’, ‘Bizzantina’, ‘Bysanthina’, ‘Byzanthina’, ‘Bysantina’, ‘Byxantina’. 

1) van Houtte, 1841, Catalogue, 3:7 as ‘Bizantina’: Formal double, 9-10 cm across, rose coloured, average petal numbers, round-oval almost to the centre, imbricated towards the circumference, marked with lines and splashes of white. Color photo in Hillebrand-Bertolazzi, Antique  Camellias  of Lake  Maggiore, vol 2, 2011, p 233, as  'Bysantina' 

2) Burnier & Grilli Catalogue,1846-1847, p.50 as ‘Bysantina’: Formal double, 9-10 cm across, dark rose coloured. 

3) van Houtte Catalogue, 1844-1845, 18:8 gives Hendersonii as a synonym, but this is a solid rose­pink according to the description. It is possible that Byzantina is the variegated form of Hendersonii. 

4)  Reg. No.2: A semi-double with 15-18 petals, golden stamens intermingled with fluted petaloids. Average size 11 cm across, colour HCC,623/3, Neyron Rose. First bloomed 1959. Dense, spreading habit with medium vigorous growth. Originated by Dr B. Doak, Papatoetoe, New Zealand.


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