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Camellia japonica 'Variegata'. Probably planted at Chiswick House in about 1820. One of the first camellias introduced into Europe, it was brought - along with 'Alba Plena' - from China in 1792 by Capt. John Corner of the ship East Indiaman Carnatic for the vessel's owner, Gilbert Slater. (From catalogue, Camellias in the Conservatory Festival 2011, Chiswick House and Gardens).