Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Sasanqua, Sasanqua Camellia
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Paul Thompson pstcamellia_sasanqua
Leaves are elliptical with sharply serrate margins. — Clemson Extension
JK Marlow jkm201023_7916
October Greenville County SC
Flowers are usually smaller (2-3" diam.) and more open than C. japonica, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Numerous stamens, adnate to the petals
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