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Genus of the Week

Week of December 7-13

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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
If you like this page, you should also visit the Land of the Glandular Trichomes , a microscopic look at plants in the Lamiaceae family.

This week's genus:


Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Dilleniidae
Order: Theales
Family: Theaceae
Tribe: Camellieae
Number of Species: At least 260, with many economic and ornamental varieties.
Root: Linnaeus named this species after a Moravian Jesuit called "Kamel". Kamel was known for describing the flora of Luzon, the largest island in the Phillippines.

Camellia is the genus to which the plant that gives us both black and green tea, C. sinensis, belongs. This genus is also a source of timber, important oils, and of course, the beautiful flower Camellia.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Camellia species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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