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Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Gauntlettii'
Japanese Name：袖隠し そでかくし
Meaning：Hiding something in a sleeve
A. S. Grandif
Vanderbilt, 1940, Camellia Research, p.2. Abbrev. for Alba Superba Grandiflora.
Trehane Camellia Nursery Catalogue, 1970. Orthographic error for ‘Alba Grandiflora’, synonym for Gauntlettii.
Alba Grandiflora Superba
Camellia Digest, 1(1),1942. Synonym for Gauntlettii as ‘Lotus’.
(C.japonica), Wada, 1935, Japanese Garden Treasures, p.26: Immense, pure white. Synonym for Gauntlettii.
Alba Simplex Pendula
Waterhouse,1951, American Camellia Yearbook, p.92. Synonym for Mrs Sander.
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» English Description
Gauntlett Nursery Catalogue, 1909-1910, p.11: A new Japanese camellia, large, single, white flowers, 10-12.5 cm across when expanded, with a tuft of rich, golden stamens. A flower of good substance, of delicious, soft appearance. Puddle & Hanger, 1960, RHS, The Rhododendron and Camellia Yearbook, 1960, No.14, p.148, fig.42: Form: Semi-double. Petals: 10-17, usually 15, orbicular with a short haft, 6 cm long, 6 cm wide, distinctly notched, petals elevated at first to form a cup-shaped flower, but later becoming flat with outer petals recurved. Stamens: Arranged in a loose central ring. A few white petaloids are often mixed with stamens. Diameter: 12 cm. Colour: White with a creamy tendency in the centre. Foliage: Deep to yellowish green, large elliptic, 10-12 cm long x 5-6 cm wide, thick, heavily veined, margins serrate. Habit: A somewhat slow grower, upright when young, eventually forming an open branched plant, not well clothed with foliage. This camellia is of Japanese origin from the Kantō area and old trees are plentiful around Shikoku. First listed and illustrated by the Yokohama Nursery Co in their 1905 catalogue as Camellia japonica grandiflora. As this name had previously been used in the Floricultural Cabinet in 1826 it is invalid for this camellia. The Japanese name ‘Sodekakushi’ does not appear to be published before 1912. It was imported into England by Gauntlett and renamed Gauntlettii. Both the names ‘Grandiflora Alba’ and ‘Alba Grandiflora’, which have been used for this cultivar, are invalid as previously used for other camellia cultivars. In England it has received three “Awards of Merit”, one as ‘Compton Brow White’, one as ‘Alba Grandiflora’ and one as ‘Sodegakushi’. In America it is known by the synonym ‘Lotus’. Synonyms include: ‘Sodegakushi’, ‘Sodekakushi’, ‘Lady Lotus’, ‘Lotus’, ‘Compton Brow White’, ‘Gauntlett’s White’, ‘Mrs Sander’, ‘Yokohama’, and invalidly ‘Alba Grandiflora’, ‘Grandiflora Alba’, ‘Grandiflora’. This cultivar is a triploid and has been seed parent to many fine camellias. For colour illustration see The Camellia, 1956 by Urquhart, and Tuyama, 1966, Camellia Cultivars in Japan, p.110, pl.62, also Encyclopedia of Camellias in Colour, 1972, p.118, pl.254 and Katei Gahō, ed. 1984, Chabana Koyomi vol.I, Tsubaki, p.46, as ‘Sodekakushi’. This Japanese name means to conceal under the sleeve, which alludes to the fact that the flower is so attractive that it could be concealed under a person’s sleeve. Chinese synonym ‘Gangte’. Gao, Jiyin, 2007, The Identification....Outstanding Camellias, p.422 Chinese synonym ‘Hehua’, as ‘Lotus’.