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'Bengal Rose' References
Book  (Nov 1998)  Page(s) 13.  
R. chinensis The original China or Bengal rose, is shrouded in mystery and conjecture. In fact, there is considerable doubt whether it even exists any longer... the parent of the vast hybrids introduced from China by the early eighteenth century.
Book  (May 1998)  Page(s) 30, 31.  Includes photo(s).
Rosa Indica ('China Rose', 'Rosier des Indes') Description... petals 5, notched, cordate, from the softest pink up to darkest purple. Described by Linnaeus as Rosa indica, this rather rare rose it to be found in the nurseries of Cels and Noisette... [Thory explains that in this book, all the Bengal and China roses are included under the title 'Rosiers des Indes' or China Roses]
p. 31: [Redoute's portrait of this rose]
Book  (1994)  Page(s) 11.  
Indicae... roses of China... Most likely all of them are selected garden forms taken into gardens centuries ago by the Chinese...
Book  (Dec 1993)  Page(s) 69.  
Slater's Crimson China brought the richer and purer reds we now find in many roses. Previously the crimsons invariably turned to purple and mauves...
Book  (Nov 1993)  Page(s) 16, 18, 27.  
Page 16: Brought to England in 1792
Page 18: The first rose to reach [New Zealand] arrived on the brig 'Active' on Christmas Day 1814. On board was a party of the Church Missionary Society from England, led by the Reverend Samuel Marsden, which included four women, and it seems that 'one or more of these women cared for at least one rose on the journey and it was carried ashore with loving care along with the stores'. The missionaries settled at a place called Oihi, near Rangihoua Pa in the Bay of Islands, and the rose ... was planted and grew. As Nancy Steen records, a border of this small rose was planted from cuttings of the Oihi rose in 1822, by Samuel Butler, in front of the newly built Kemp homestead at the head of the Kerikeri Inlet. Kemp House is now preserved as the oldest wooden house in New Zealand.
Page 27: 'Slater's Crimson China', R. indica (later corrected to chinensis to show that it came from China, not India) semperflorens
Book  (Sep 1993)  Page(s) 20.  
(R. indica; 'China Rose") The wild form … grows in the remote mountains of Western China … it is the most important wild species. All our repeat-blooming Modern Garden Roses are hybrids of it. Repeats.
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 555.  
Slater's Crimson China China, cherry red, ('Chinese Monthly Rose'; 'Crimson China Rose'; 'Old Crimson China'; R. bengalensis Persoon; R. chinensis semperflorens (Curtis) Koehne; R. diversifolia Ventenat; R. indica semperflorens (Curtis) Seringe; R. semperflorens Curtis); A specimen dated 1733 is in the British Museum; ca. 1790.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 39, 103.  Includes photo(s).
Page 39: [PHOTO] Slater's Crimson China ('Semperflorens', Rosa indica, 'La Bengale') Illustrated by Redouté in Les Roses...
Page 103: [PHOTO] ('Slater's Crimson China', 'Semperflorens', 'Bengale À Bouquets' (of Redouté)) China. An old Chinese garden rose introduced to Europe 1792. Repeats. Height: 3 ft. Little scent.
Book  (Jun 1992)  Page(s) 34.  
Slater's Crimson China ('Old Crimson', 'Semperflorens') China. Slater, 1790. [Author cites information from different sources.]
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