'Sweet-scented China' rose References
Newsletter (2016) Page(s) 18. vol 27, No. 3.
Nimet Monasterly-Gilbert. On the mountain above the river is the town of Shingu.... It was on the walk back to the bus that one of our group identified several Hume’s Blush Tea Scented China growing in a hedge behind the market stalls.
Article (magazine) (2011) Page(s) 158.
Rosa odorata is one of the three members of Rosa sect. Chinenses (Ku and Robertson 2003) and was first described as a variety of R. indica (Andrews 1810). Sweet (1818) subsequently treated it as a separate species. Four varieties of this species are currently recognized: R. odorata var. gignatea, var. odorata, var. erubescens (Focke) T. T. Yu & T. C. Ku, var. pseudindica (Lindley) Rehder (Table 1: Ku and Robertson 2003).
Table 1 The main morphological characters, distribution information, and chromosome number of varieties of R. odorata and R. chinensis, with respective names taken from Hurst's (1941) descriptions
R. odorata var. odorata; 2n = 2x =14; Double or semi-double; White or pinkish; Widely cultivated elsewhere; Hume's Blush Tea-scented China
Book (May 2003)
Rosa odorata (Andrews) Sweet in Hort. Suburb. Lond. 119. 1818
var. odorata xiang shui yue ji (yuan bian zhong)
Flora of China classifies four varieties of Rosa odorata: erubescens, gigantea, odorata, and pseudoindica.
Rosa indica Linnaeus var. odorata Andrews, Roses 2: t.77.1810. R. gechouitangensis H. Léveillé; R. indica var. fragrans Thory; R. odoratissima Sweet ex Lindley; R. oulengensis H. Léveillé; R. thea Savi; R. tongtchouanensis H. Léveillé.
Flowers double or semi-double, 5-8 cm, petals white or pinkish, of cultivated origin.
Cultivated. Jiangsu, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang [widely cultivated elsewhere; of cultivated origin].
Book (2001) Page(s) 449.
Rosa odorata (Andrews) Sweet, Hort. Suburb. Lond. (1818) 119.
Rosa indica odorata Andrews, Roses 2 (1810) t. 77; R. odorata (Andrews) Sweet var. gigantea (Crépin) Rehder & Wilson in Sarg., Pl. Wils. 2 (1915) 338; R. gigantea Collett ex Crépin in Bull. Soc. Belg. 27, 2 (1888) 14.
Origin completely unknown.
In S China and E India since old times cultivated for the apple-like fruits. They are common on the markets in India.
Ref.: Ghora & Paniraghi 1995, 481 pp.; Saakov 1976, 432 pp.
Book (Dec 2000) Page(s) 83.
Hume's Blush Tea-Scented China
China [country] [with Hume, Colville] 1810
Book (May 1998) Page(s) 42, 43. Includes photo(s).
Page 42: Rosa indica fragrans (Thory) ('Tea-scented China', "Scented Rose of India") Description... Flowers 7 cm or more in diameter... petals flesh-white, as if transparent... This is remarkable among the many China roses by the size and transparency of the petals and the perfume, especially at the time of anthesis. Introduced from the East Indies to England in 1809, it flowered for the first time in the nursery of Colville who distributed it under the imprecise name of tea-scented rose...
Page 43: [ILLUSTRATION]
Book (1997) Page(s) 17. Includes photo(s).
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 253.
Hume's Blush Tea-scented China Tea, light pink, 1809, R. x odorata variety; A. Hume. Description.
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 112. Includes photo(s).
Book (Jun 1992) Page(s) 47.
Hume's Blush Tea-scented China Tea. Banks/Hume/Colville, 1810. Supposedly of R. chinensis x R. gigantea ancestry. [Author cites information from different sources. In an article about Tea Roses by E.E. Robinson, it is described as "Semi-double variety, of ever-blooming habit, discovered by an agent of the British East India Company, who obtained plants in 1808 from the Fan Tee Nurseries at Canton, and dispatched them to Sir Abraham Hume, of Wortlebury, who received them in 1810, and bestowed on them the name 'Hume's Blush', in honour of his wife, the Lady Amelia Hume...]