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Mathotiana

(C. japonica)

Non-extinct

Anonymous, 1847, Gardeners' Chronicle, (27):434. Spae, 1847, Société Royale d'Agriculture et de Botanique de Gand, Annales (1847), 3:459-460, pl.170: This flower is distinguished by its vigorous habit; its branches are strong, brown and very heavily foliaged; the leaves are very large and thick, of a dark green and very dentate. The flower is of the most beautiful cerise-red, very large ... the petals are large, very well imbricated and adhere strongly to the tortus, the type of flower which remains for a long time on the plant and it acquires in the end a purple violet colour. It is recorded as a seedling of Anemoniflora x 'Sieboldii' (Leeana Superba) raised by Mathot of Ghent, Belgium. This cultivar is also illustrated and described in Verschaffelt, 1849, Nouvelle Iconographie, Book IX, pl.III There appear to have been two other camellias distributed under the name 'Mathotiana'. The first one is dealt with under its prior, valid name of Julia Drayton and the second one under Grand Sultan. Orthographic errors: 'Mathioliana', 'Mathiotiana', 'Mattutiana', 'Matthotiana', 'Mattheotiana'. Synonym: 'Mathotiana Rubra'. Chinese synonym 'Masedi'a'na.

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