Chosen by Yves CHAPEL
Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Giuseppina Mercatelli'
Giuseppina Hazlewood & Jessep, 1972, Checklist - Camellia Cultivars from Nursery Catalogues, p.90. Abbreviation for Giuseppina Mercatelli.
Guiseppina Mercatelli Wright & Dewar, 1896, Johnson’s Gardening Dictionary, p.162. Orthographic error for Giuseppina Mercatelli.
» English Description
Giuseppina Mercatelli (C.japonica), Mercatelli Catalogue, 1881: First time released. Large, regular flower, perfectly imbricated in a spiral, marble white; petals large, round, somewhat reflexed, becoming smaller, narrower and pointed towards the centre, some petals are crossed by a variable, broad stripe of vivid carmine. The plant is compact in form and has fine foliage. The Bollettino della R. Società Toscana d’orticultura, 1881 gives a good plate of this variety. Orthographic error: ‘Guiseppina Mercatelli’. Abbreviation: ‘Giuseppina’.
M. Grilli in Bolletino della Società della Camelia di Toscano,1881,p.299: "Today we have to register with great pleasure another brand new variety that bears the name of Giuseppina Mercatelli, obtained from the seed and just put on the market by the diligent Horticulturist Raffaello Mercatelli. We are pleased to be able to offer our readers, faithfully represented in chromolithography, this horticultural novelty and this dispenses us from describing the characters that distinguish it and from noticing its beauty. We will only say that the Camellia Giuseppina Mercatelli has the advantage of increasing the number of varieties with a white background, of which there is always a certain scarcity in all collections". Note by Armando de Castro Oliveira: "Silvestre Grilli had in Florence in the middle of the XIX century, a well-known horticola society with Federigo Burnier known as 'Stabilimento agrario-botanico Burnier e Grilli' responsible for creating some new cultivars of camellias and importing a lot of other plants and developing new ones."
» Chinese Description
朱國棟、蔡燦玉，2011. 《台灣茶花族譜》，p.108-109. 姬宾娜（C. hybrid)红山茶。1881，意大利。完全形、深红色、白斑、大轮(10cm)、树性直立、长势强。花名：人名（吉斯皮纳.梅卡逖里）。Giuseppina Mercatelli (姬宾娜)一新竹市茶花产销班目录，2002-2006, p.57, G31. Giuseppina Mercatelli (约瑟芬}—沈荫椿,2009,山茶，p.123.
Flower Size： 10-13 cm
Blooming Season： Italy