Note: Information is dated. Do not rely on it.Camellia. A genus of plants, order Camelliaceae; (the tea order), with showy flowers and elegant dark green, shining, laurel-like leaves, nearly allied to the plants which yield tea, and named from George Joseph Kamel, a Moravian Jesuit. The Camellia japonica, in Japan and China, is a lofty tree of beautiful proportions. It is the origin of many double varieties of our gardens. Besides this species, the Camellia sasanqua, with small white scentless flowers, and the Camellia reticulata (net-veined), with its large peony-like flowers, are cultivated in the United States.