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Leeana Superba

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Year Published/Registered1834

Cultivar Type:For Ornamental

AGM Type

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica 'Leeana Superba'

Chinese Name:超级李亚娜

Japanese Name



Bealei  Chandler & Booth, 1837, Illustrations and Descriptions of Camelieae..., pl.42 as ‘Bealeii’. How­ever, as this cultivar had been illustrated and described in L’Horticuleur Belge, Journal Jardiniers Amateurs, 1834, 2:191, pl.40 as Leeana Superba, it can only be regarded as a synonym for this latter name.

Bealei des Anglais  van Houtte Catalogue, 1844-1845, p.26, as ‘Beali des Anglais’. Synonym for Leeana Superba.

Bealei des Horticulteurs du Continent  van Houtte Catalogue, 1844, No.18, p.8. Synonym for Leena Superba.

Bealei Palmers  Maupoil & Figlio Catalogue, 1853 as ‘Beali Palmers’. Synonym for Leeana Superba.

Bealei Vera  Anonymous, 1862, R. Societa Toscano di Orticultura Bolletino, as ‘Beali Vera’. Synonym for Leeana Superba.

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» English Description

Morren, 1834, L’Horticulteur Belge, Journal Jardiniers Amateurs, 2:191, pl. 40: A superb variety from Lee. This brilliant camellia is from the glass houses of M. Ver­lieuwen of Ghent and flowered 17 April, 1834. The flower is 7.5 cm across. The calyx has 12 sepals passing into petals; the petals have 4 rows, to a number of almost 30, those of the interior are rose-pink, variegated with white, the exterior are red, sometimes with a dart of red down the centre, emarginated and rounded. The leaves are smooth, rounded and pointed, shining, 8 cm x 5 cm. This variety was named for the celebrated London horticulturist, Mr. Lee. It has been largely listed as ‘Leana Superba’, but the orthography Leeana Superba is the valid one. Mertens & Fontaine, Collection de cent espèces.....camellia, 1845, pl. 8. This cultivar was imported from Japan twice; once by John Reeves to England through Macao, China, 1831, when it was named ‘Bealei’ and previously, by von Siebold to Belgium 1829, when it was named Leeana Superba. The first importation appears to have been when sent from Batavia, Jakarta by Governor Baron Van de Capellen to his family, having obtained it via Canton, China under the name ‘Camellia Granda’. The family gave it to the Botanic Garden of Ghent on 9 January 1820. See ‘Bealei’ for further details. Synonyms: ‘Bealei’, ‘Bealei des Anglais’, ‘Bealei des Horticulteurs du Continent’, ‘Bealei Palmer’, ‘Beali Palmer’, ‘Bealii’, ‘Conde de Farrobo’, ‘Bealiana’, ‘Bealei Vera’, ‘Bealei Superba’, ‘Bealei Belgi Inglese’, ‘Bealigamo’, ‘Lanei Superba’, ‘Palmer’s Bealei des Anglais’, ‘Coccinea Magna’, ‘Sieboldii’, ‘Seiboldii’, ‘Coccinea Major’, ‘Leeana Vera’, ‘Lanei Superba’ and ‘Palmer’s Beauty’. Orthographic errors: ‘Leana Superba’, ‘Leona Superba’, ‘Leena Superba’, and ‘Lena Superba’. In America ‘Leana Superba’ was erroneously given as a synonym for Gloire de Nantes and Fanny Bolis. Originated in Japan. Japanese name unknown.

» Chinese Description

朱國棟、蔡燦玉,2011. 《台灣茶花族譜》,p.162.

Leeana Superba 超级李亚娜(C.japonica)红山茶。1834,比利时 Ghent M. Verlieuwen 培 育选出。完全形、红色、小~中轮(7.5cm)。拼音错误:Leana Superba (超级莉娜)。


Flower Size7.5-8 cm

Blooming Season Belgium