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Taxon: Camellia reticulata Lindl.

Genus: Camellia
Subgenus: Camellia
Section: Camellia
Family: Theaceae
Tribe: Theeae
Nomen number: 8727
Place of publication: Bot. Reg. 13: t. 1078. 1827
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 20-Apr-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 5 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • tō-tsubaki  (Source: F JapanOhwi) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • dian shan cha  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental
  • Fuels:
  • Human food:
  • Materials: lipids

Distributional Range:


    • CHINA: China [Guizhou Sheng (w.), Sichuan Sheng (s.w.), Yunnan Sheng]

    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1959-. Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae.
  2. Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen
  3. Huang, J. et al. 2013. An evaluation of the factors influencing seed oil production in Camellia reticulata L. plants. Industr. Crops Prod. 50:797-802. Note: seeds of Camellia reticulata produce an industrial oil "used in the production of cosmetics, soaps, hair oil, medicines and with potential use as biofuel source"
  4. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening
  5. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  6. Liu, L.-Q. & Z.-J. Gu. 2011. Genomic in situ hybridization identifies genome donors of Camellia reticulata (Theaceae). Pl. Sci. (Elsevier) 180:554-559. Note: ornamental Camellia sinensis includes diploid (2n=30) and polyploid (2n=60 and 2n=90) populations; this study tested and confirmed that polyploids are alloplolyploids involving three diploid species : C. reticulata, C. saluanensis and C. pitardii
  7. Ohwi, J. 1965. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.).
  8. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  9. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  10. Walker, E. 1976. Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu Islands.
  11. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986-2000. European garden flora.
  12. Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994-. Flora of China (English edition).
  13. Xin, T. et al. 2017. Genetic diversity, population structure, and traditional culture of Camellia reticulata. Ecol. Evol. 7:8915-8926. Note: cultivated in China as an ornamental and for edible seed oil

Check other web resources for Camellia reticulata Lindl. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=8727. Accessed 7 June 2020.