Chosen by Gianmario Motta
Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Bonardii'
Berlèse, 1841, Iconographie, pl.71. Orthographic error for Bonardii.
» English Description
Berlèse, 1840, Monographie, ed.2, p.218, 237; Illustr. pl.71, Berlèse 1841, Iconographie: Leaves, 9 cm long x 5 cm wide, ovate-rounded, thick, prominent venation, sharply serrate, dull green. Buds elongated, scales green. Flower, 8-9 cm across, white with a reflection of flesh-pink just perceptible with a few deep red streaks; outer petals strap-like, on an average, reflexed, notched and imbricated; those following are smaller but of similar shape and likewise imbricated and notched. The corolla is round and rose-like and sometimes irregular. Berlèse 1843, says it was named by M. Paillet, but in his Monographie, 1845 says that it was originated by Ridolfi. Paillet, 1844, in his article “Camélias, Rhododendrons et Azaleas” gives himself as the originator. Orthographic variants: ‘Bonnardii’, ‘Bornadii’.