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Kikutôji. (Chrysanthemum in Winter Solstice)

(C. japonica)

Non-extinct

Kasuya, Kamegorô, 1859, Tsubaki Iro- hanayose Irotsuki: Cardinal red with white spots, medium size, formal double. Itô, Ko'emon, 1879, Chinkashû: Cardinal red, blotched white, medium size, full formal double. Colour photos: Tuyama, 1966, Camellia Cultivars of Japan, pl.160; Tuyama, 1968, Camellias of Japan, pl.310, p.157, descrip. p.183; Andoh, 1971, Tsubaki, Meika no Shôkai to Saibai, pl.114; Encyclopedia of Camellias in Colour, vol.I, 1972, pl.421; Satô, 1975, Chûbu no Tsubaki, p.12; Yokoyama & Kirino, 1989, Nihon no Chinka, p.396: Seibundô Shinkôsha, 1980, Senchinshû, p.41, description, p.209: Leaves oblong to broadly elliptic, venation a little impressed, crenate margins. Flowers medium small, formal double, dark pink, (Spinel Pink 0625) clearly spotted white. Petals incurved at margins. Flowers very early to mid-season. Originated in Japan. "Kiku" = chrysanthemum; "Toji" = the winter solstice alluding to its very early flowering. Synonym: 'Chrysanthemum Season', 'Winter Chrysanthemum'. Corruptions of the Japanese name: 'Kikutogi', 'Kikutori', 'Kikatoga', 'Kikotugi', 'Kikutugi', 'Kikutoji'. Note: Kikutoji and Kikutôji are two different and distinct cultivars. Sport: Kikutoji Pointed.

 

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