Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Kumagai (japonica)'
Japanese Name：熊谷（中部） くまがい(ちゆうぶ）
» English Description
Wada, 1941, Japanese Garden Treasures, p.29: Magificent single with big, long, drooping leaves and enormous, flat, open flowers, vermilion scarlet, contrasting with golden yellow petaloid anthers in a flat circle. See colour photos: Tuyama, 1968, Camellias of Japan, pl.170, p.85; Satō, 1975, Chūbu no Tsubaki, p.112; Yokoyama & Kirino, 1989, Nihon no Chinka, p.223. Seibundō Shinkōsha, 1979, Senchinshū, p.47 as Kumagai from the Kansai district. Dark crimson (Currant red 821/3), up to 13 cm across, 5-7 petals, 150 spreading stamens with large. yellow anthers and white filaments. Leaves large, broadly elliptic to ovate-elliptic, shortly acuminate, flat, thick texture, coarsely crenate. A very old cultivar from Kyōto, Japan. Synonym: ‘Kōmyō’. Sport: ‘Kumagai-shibori’. There are many cultivars resembling this in Kansai, Kumamoto or Chūbu in Japan. “Kumagai” is a Daimyō family surname decending from the Taira Clan of the 8th century.