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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Tea

Other products:  
   Tea belongs to these categories: Beverages, Important drugs
   and originated in these regions: South Asia, South East Asia

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TEA

Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze (Theaceae).

Placed in the genus Camellia by the German botanist Otto Kuntze in 1887, tea was originally described by Linnaeus in 1753 as a member of the genus Thea.

Native to China and South-East Asia.

Life form: a small shrub or treelet, growing as a forest understorey plant.

Parts used: leaves dried and cured to make a beverage.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Illustration from the Plate Collection of the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London (Camellia thea (L.) Kuntze - Tea)