Southern California Camellia Society

2024 Camellia Nomenclature

The first Nomenclature Book was published in 1942, edited by Vern McCaskill. It was entitled Classification of Camellias and listed 196 varieties. The second nomenclature book was published in 1946 and listed the names of 291 cultivars obtainable and grown in Southern California. This booklet contained culture notes by William Hertrich.

In 1947, the first formal "nomenclature" book was published. Edited by William E. Woodroof, O.L. Eakin and Verne McCaskill, the book was entitled The Camellia, Its Culture and Nomenclature and listed 911 cultivars. In 1951 the third revised edition of The Camellia, its Culture and Nomenclaturewas published under the editorship of William Woodroof. John Clairmont, President of the Society at that time, gave credit to Bill Woodroof for the countless hours he had spent gathering information and data for the publication. Under Bill Woodroof's editorship, Camellia Nomenclature in its present form was born. Camellia Nomenclature Books, all edited by William Woodroof, grew in size and scope were published in 1947, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1956 and 1958

The initial and continued purpose of the publication was to decrease confusion and settle controversies surrounding the names of both old and new cultivars of camellias and to present a short, concise nomenclature list for the information and protection of the amateur grower generally. Nomenclature editors have changed since Vern McCaskill's and William Woodroof's first efforts, but the stated purpose has continued. The list of 196 varieties in that first "nomenclature" has grown to over 7,800.



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