This name derives from the Latin “cămēllus”, from the Latinized form of Georg Joseph Kamel (1661–1706), Moravian-born Jesuit who described the flora of the island of Luzon. The word Kamel or Camel derives from Ancient Greek kámēlos (κάμηλος), which in turn derives from the Semitic: (Arabic: jamal) and (Hebrew: gamal). Camellia, the camellias, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species, with some controversy over the exact number.