Camellias Display in Spring
Canopy Area, Botanical Garden
December 31, 2013 - February 16, 2014
The Camellias a Poem
Stunning in your fanciful garb
displaying nature's gift
in a garden so fair.
so soft and fragile
protect hidden gems.
parading red and gold hues
at nature's red carpet event.
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amellias ─ The Queen of Ornamentals ─ is a genus of flowering tea plants in the family Theasceae. They are native to China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Camellias are one of the most popular winter and spring flowering shrubs or trees, providing a vivid splash of color when little else is in bloom. Their varieties range in plant size and form from compact to large and spreading to upright. A huge assortment of flower sizes, colors, and forms also exist, and new cultivars are introduced each year. The blooms of camellias vary in color from pure glistening white to pastel pink and brilliant crimson, with many color combinations and patterns.
This plant is of major commercial importance because tea or similar beverage is made from its leaves. The plant has astringent and antioxidant properties that have long been used to treat a wide range of medical conditions such as digestive ailments, insect bites, burns, preventative for cancer, weight loss, and tooth decay.etc… Also, hundreds of millions of people use tea oil for cooking or hair care from its seeds. In Chinese culture, camellias are seen as lucky symbols for the Chinese New Year, and even used as offerings to the gods.
To welcome the Chinese New Year of Horse, the National Museum of Natural Science presents this 'Camellias Display in Spring' flower show on Tuesday, December 31, under its Garden's canopy located in front of the Research & Education Center. More than 70 potted camellias of local, Japanese and Vietnam species are on display. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to enjoy a spring smell in the cold winter and learn about the important role plants play in eco-friendly fashion and beauty as well.
"To tell the truth, I favor camellias among so many popular flowers because they remind me of my dearest father and happy childhood. I remember that my father planted an eye-catching camellia shrub, which provided a great spot of color in our back yard," said Museum Director Sun Wei-hsin with emotion at the exhibition opening reception. "Anyway," continued he, "this winning exhibit combines the magic of beauty and the power of learning. It is hoped that people can take a glance at the Queen of Ornamentals during the Chinese Spring Festival. Besides, here in the Museum, there are many other fun things to do and new experiences to be had around every corner, including the new special exhibition DNA Files: Decoding the Natural History."
Dr. Yang Chung-yu, Assistant Curator at the Museum's Biology Department, said, "Camellias have a wide variety of growth habits, leaf sizes, textures and patterns, color ranges and color patterns such as stripes, blotches and specks, as well as hybrids with fragrance! It is a pity that only some of them are displayed here owing to our limited space and time. Camellias bloom when few other plants do - in late fall, winter, or early spring, but we are quite confident of our new advance in breeding. I believe we will soon cultivate camellias that can bloom all year long ─ not just in fall-spring."
Visitors to the flower show are welcome to stroll the Museum's magnificent garden, view its renowned collections of Taiwanese plants, explore the tropical rainforest, or just enjoy a suntan on the Great Lawn. The flower show is also accompanied by three related hands-on classes. Join us!
Camellias Display in Spring is presented by the National Museum of Natural Science with special thanks to Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center and Liu-chun Camellias Garden.