Direct Somatic Embryogenesis from Leaves of Camellia japonica

  • M. C. Pedroso
  • M. S. Pais
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 59)


Camellia japonica L, commonly known as camellia, is an evergreen ornamental plant of the Theaceae family. Native from Eastern Asia, its origin is still controversial, being considered by some as a species indigenous from Japan and, by others, from China (Ta and Leng, 1983). It was introduced into Europe by the Portuguese in 1542 (Anderson, 1961) and soon spread to Spain, England, France and Italy. It was later introduced into the United States at the beginning of the 18th century, and in Australia during the mid 19th century.


Somatic Embryo Somatic Embryogenesis Embryo Formation Globular Embryo Calcium Oxalate Crystal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Pedroso
    • 1
  • M. S. Pais
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Biotecnologia Vegetal, Departamento de Biologia VegetalFaculdade de Ciências da Universidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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