Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Honshiratama'
Japanese Name：本白玉 ほんしらたま
» English Description
Saitama Botanic Gardens, 1960; Tuyama, 1966, Camellia Cultivars of Japan, pl.47: Medium sized, wide campanulate, white single, 5-6 petals, large, wide, creped at apex; compact, stamen column, small, yellow anthers, light, creamy filaments, joined into a tube for half their length. Early flowering. Leaves lanceolate, medium sized to small, tapering to long, acuminate apex, thick, dark green and wavy, depressed venation, sharply but obscurely serrate. Named in Japan by Jisaku Minagawa to distinguish it from other Camellias named ‘Shiratama’. See Encyclopedia of Camellias in Colour, vol.I, 1972, pl.67 and p.301; Seibundō Shinkōsha, 1979, Senchinshū, p.140 colour photo, p.247, description. This is thought by some to be a synonym for Shiratama from Kasuya, Kamegorō, 1859, Tsubaki Irohanayose Irotsuki and Minagawa, 1933, Chinkashū.