Chosen by Gianmario Motta
Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Bizantina '
» English Description
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.