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Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Jimena Fernandez de la Vega'
Meaning：Spanish pioneer woman in medical genetics
» English Description
Originated in Finca Chazo, Boiro (Spain) by Begoña Franco from C. japonica seed. Registered by Estación Fitopatolóxica Areeiro (Deputación de Pontevedra, Galicia, SPAIN). FLOWER: large size, 10.5-12 cm in diameter and around 3-5 cm depth; formal double to rose form, rose color 58C (RHSCC) fading to lighter pink or even white in center, with 50-85 petals, rounded the outer ones, and elliptical the inner ones, with incise or cordate margin; occasional petaloids, and low in number, from 5 to 35; stamens only presents in rose form flowers, with color cream filaments. LEAF: 9-12 cm length and 4-6 cm width, medium green, elliptical to occasionally lanceolate, lightly dentate margin, pointed apex and acute base. PLANT: compact shrub with medium growing rate. Medium blooming period, it begins in January and extends until May. Other data: it was named in honor of Jimena Fernández de la Vega, a pioneer woman in medical genetics in Spain. She was born in Asturias (N Spain) and with her twin, Elisa, they were the first two women to obtain a medical degree at University of Santiago de Compostela in 1919. They both obtained the higher qualification and the academic merits Medal of the king Alfonso II, and Jimena also got the Extraordinary Award. She continues studying in other European countries like Italy and German, and she was a pioneer in the application of genetics in medicine. She published numerous works on genetics and Hydrology, the field which she dedicated the last years of her career. A woman ahead of her age and an example of work and dedication.
» Chinese Description
起源于西班牙博伊罗的芬卡查佐(Finca Chazo)，由贝戈尼亚·弗朗哥(Begoña Franco)从红山茶的实生苗中选育，并由 Estación Fitopatolóxica Areeiro注册（西班牙加利西亚蓬特韦德拉省议会）。花大，直径10.5-12cm不等，g高约3-5cm，重瓣型至玫瑰型，玫红色（58C-RHSCC）至中心渐变为浅粉色甚至白色，花瓣50-85枚（外轮花瓣圆形，内轮花瓣椭圆形，边缘截形或心形）。有时花朵具有瓣化花瓣，但是数量较少，从5至35枚，雄蕊仅存在于玫瑰形的花朵中，并具有奶油色的花丝。叶片长9-12cm，宽4-6cm，绿色，椭圆形，有时披针形，边缘略带齿，先端尖，基部锐尖。就植株形态而言，为紧凑的灌木，生长势中等。花期1月至5月底。
Blooming Season： Spain
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