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Shiragiku. (White Chrysanthemum)

(C. japonica)

Non-extinct

Mizuno, Genshô, 1681, Kadan Kômoku: White, large, double. Kadan Chikinshô, 1695; Itô, Jukyû, Honzô Hanamaki'e, 1739: Medium size; Shirai-Bunko, 1789, Shoshiki Hanagatachô: A lotus shaped flower. Yashiro, Kokon Yôrankô, 1841, vol.310; Kasuya, Kamegorô, 1859, Tsubaki Irohanayose Irotsuki. Colour photos & descriptions in the following: Tuyama, 1966, Camellia Cultivars of Japan, pl.76, pp.130, 472; Tuyama, 1968, Camellias of Japan, pl.59; Encyclopedia of Camellias in Colour, vol.I, 1972, pl.409, 410 & p.353; Satô, 1975, Chûbu no Tsubaki; Macoboy, 1981, The Colour Dictionary of Camellias, p.116; Seibundô Shinkôsha, 1979 Senchinshû, p.75, description, p.222: Well branched cultivar with dense foliage rapid growth. Leaves elliptic to broadly elliptic with petioles glabous to a little hairy. Flowers white, flattened in appearance, strongly wavy, leaving a tight pointed bud centre. Flowers mid-season to late. Originated in Kantô area, Japan. Synonyms: 'Tama-usagi' (of Hôkyô, Kyôto), 'Gardenia', 'Neige d'Oree', 'Refinement', 'Harriet I. Laub', 'Lord Chesterfield', 'Purity', 'Japanese Perfect White', 'Japanese Perfection', 'Perfection White II', 'Golden Snow', 'White Japanese Purity'. Corrupted names: 'Shirigiku', 'Shiragika'. Pseudonyms: Erroneously as 'Renjo-no-tama', 'Il Cygno'. Chinese synonym: 'Zhengjie'. See: JCS., 1965, Tsubaki, No.5, p.29; ibid. 1983, No.22, p. 116; 1969, No.7, pp.31, 36 and Kyôto Engei Kurabu, 1964, Tsubaki Tokushû, No.5, p.80.

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