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110314_150_Camellia japonica 'Rubra Plena'.jpg
Camellia japonica 'Rubra Plena'. Brought from China in 1794 for Sir Robert Preston of Woodford, Essex, the principal owner of a number of East India Company ships. It is one of the oldest varieties to reach the western world. Its nomenclature has a long history of confusion. Among the many synonyms are 'Old Red', 'Greville's Red', 'Queen of Denmark', 'Rubra Maxima', 'Newington', and 'Madame Lavis'. (From catalogue, Camellias in the Conservatory Festival 2011, Chiswick House and Gardens).