Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze, Trudy Imp. S.-Peterburgsk. Bot. Sada 10: 195 1887. (Syn: Camellia arborescens Hung T.Chang, F.L.Yu & P.S.Wang;Camellia bohea (L.) Sweet; Camellia chinensis (Sims) Kuntze; Camellia formosensis (Masam. & Suzuki) M.H.Su, C.F.Hsieh & C.H.Tsou; Camellia longlingensis F.C.Zhang, G.B.Chen & M.D.Tang; Camellia oleosa (Lour.) Rehder; Camellia sinensis var. waldenae (S.Y.Hu) Hung T.Chang; Camellia thea var. bohea (L.) G.Watt; Camellia thea var. stricta (Hayne) G.Watt; Camellia thea var. viridis (L.) G.Watt; Camellia viridis Sweet; Camellia waldenae S.Y.Hu; Thea bohea L.; Thea bohea var. stricta Aiton; Thea cantoniensis Lour.; Thea chinensis Sims; Thea formosensis Masam. & Suzuki; Thea grandifolia Salisb.; Thea latifolia Lodd. ex Sweet; Thea olearia Lour. ex Gomes Mach.; Thea oleosa Lour.; Thea parvifolia Salisb.; Thea sinensis L.; Thea stricta Hayne; Thea viridis L.; Theaphylla anamensis Raf.; Theaphylla cantoniensis (Lour.) Raf.; Theaphylla laxa (Aiton) Raf.; Theaphylla viridis (Sweet) Raf.) as per POWO;
Native to: China South-Central, China Southeast; Introduced into: Andaman Is., Argentina Northeast, Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, China North-Central, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., Japan, Korea, Laos, Mauritius, Myanmar, Réunion, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Trinidad-Tobago, Turkey, Vietnam as per POWO;
China (Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shaanxi), Taiwan, Tibet, Ryukyu Isl. (c), Korea (c), India (c), Myanmar [Burma] (c), Southern Marianas (c) (Guam (c)), Mauritius (c), Andamans (c), Nicobars (c), Vietnam (c), Laos (c), Bhutan (c), Sulawesi (c), Sikkim (c), Nepal (c), Java (c), Japan (c), Australia (c) (Queensland (c)), Anatolia (c), trop. Africa (c), Cameroon (c), Mozambique (c), Colombia (c), Costa Rica (c), Panama (c), Bolivia (c), Mexico (c), Honduras (c), Trinidad (c), Tobago (c), Seychelles (c), Assam (c), Cambodia (c), Thailand (c), Bangladesh (c), Sri Lanka (c), Fiji (c), USA (c) (Florida (c), Georgia (c), North Carolina (c), South Carolina (c)), Guinea (c), Sao Tome (c) as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Tea • Hindi: चाय Chaay • Manipuri: চা Cha • Tamil: தேய் Tey • Malayalam: Tey • Telugu: Teyaku • Kannada: Teyaku • Bengali: চা Cha • Urdu: چاے Chaay • Assamese: চা Cha • Sanskrit: Syamaparni ;


Gori Valley Tour: Camellia sinensis:  This was shot from Kosani Tea Estate.. very popular plant… Camellia sinensis (Linn.) Kuntze.. in flowering and with few fruits..


Tea : 3 posts by 3 authors.
Is it possible to grow a bush of TEA in the household garden ?
Something like a lemon bush or a Kadhipatta ?

If one can , where can I get a a couple of rooted sapling ?

Yes it is……… I have also a small tea garden…. but how can I a sapling to you………

I don’t your geographical location. You can buy a potted sapling from Munnar Tea museum.


Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze SN June 14 : Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.

Fruits of Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze, (= Thea sinensis L); Theaceae, cultivated shrub/ tree from Coonor area of Nilgiri, Tamilnadu at an altitude of 1500m

Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze – from Assam : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (10).
Attached images are Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze, (Assam tea) collected from Lower Assam.
Date :04.06.2014
Location: Assam
Family : Theaceae
Genus & species :Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze

Habitat: Cultivated


TSPOCT2015-51: Images of Camellia sinensis (Theaceae) shared : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Camellia sinensis (Theaceae)
Habit:  Manipulated shrub
Habitat: Cultivated at high altitudes.
Sighting: Kalasa, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1100 msl

Date: 8-08-2014, 12-09-2015 and 24-09-2015

very nice. is picture two showing the fruits?


SK627 08 JUL-2017:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Location: Soureni, Mirik, India
Date: 20 May 2017

Altitude: 4200 ft. 

Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze or Camellia ….. any other ???

I think matches with images at Camellia sinensis

Thank you …, Nepali Names :  चिया  Chiyaa

SK964 06 FEB-2018 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Location : Gyaneswor, Kathmandu
Date : 6 February 2018
Elevation :  4500 ft.
Habit : Cultivated. (Brought from Mirik, India)

Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze or var.? 


at Munnar on the 21st of October, 08; 18 th Jan. 2010 / 10.00 am–  Nuwara eliya, Sri Lanka. About  8000ft; South Sikkim- October,’10; Camellia Sinensis: Tea: 160210-AK-1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups Request for ID – 26032010SC2 – efloraofindia | Google Groups Sikkim Flower 4 – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Tea Gardens , Kangra , Dharamshala , Himachal Pradesh ( sameer rastogi): Kangra Valley has numerous tea gardens, some of which were established in 19th century. One such Garden located close to Chilgari, Dharamshala is illustrated below. Of the millions of plants, only a very few have yellow inflorescence.


Shola tree for identification 310812MK02:

Please help me to identify this tree. The photographs are very poor here and I could not locate any flowers. Could this be any Theaceae? I thought this can be Gordonia sp.
Leaf: c.20cm long
Fruit: 2.5cm across
Date: 28 July 2012
Place: Valparai, TN

Alt.: 1000 m asl

I think it represents Thea sinensis or Camellia thea, our common tea plant?

Camellia sinensis AT/FEB2019/02 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)- 2 Mb.
Tea, चाय
Camellia sinensis
Palampur (H.P.)
January 2018

Attachments (1)- 5 Mb.

great superb closeup with all features and what i want to see always- close ups and habit habitat

now what i want is back of the flower side and may be the seed. greedy of me, right? yes i am


Dattaji Salvi Udyan  Thane

Date: December 12, 2019 … Altitude: about 11 m (36 feet) asl
Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze … family: Theaceae

what a lovely tea flower


Bush with white flowers seen in the garden.

Camellia Species?

Please look at: Stewartia 

Can we think of Camellia sinensis? Experts, kindly advice.

Camellia sinensis looks more close.

Please, I hate to always ask for more information, but your post says Nov 18th; was that the date you saw the plant in bloom? or the date you edited/uploaded the image?
Camellia, depending on which one can bloom anywhere from September to April. It could well be a C. sinensis.
Camellia sasanqua blooms September to January in Atlanta and has either single flowers as in your images, but can also have double flowers.
Did you mention the size of the blooms? Were you able to get close enough to detect the scent? Did you take photos of the back of the leaves?
Thanks, and again, sorry for too many questions.

Another to check is Camellia oleifera which is grown as an ornamental here. Thanks.

Thanks for your interest shown in my post.

The pictures were taken on 21st October.
No I could not get close enough to detect the scent.
No problem, questions are always welcome!
The garden’s Planthotline has suggested Camellia sasanqua ‘Hannah Jamin’

…, if it is Camellia sasanqua ‘Hannah Jamin’ it would have a pink tinge on the outermost part of the petals. Perhaps I am not seeing the image correctly; did any of your images show pink edges? Thank you.

This was the id given by a Master Gardener.
The flowers in my pictures were pure white.
To me they look more like Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’.

May be Camellia sinensis

Thanks for the id. I too had suggested Camellia sinensis.

Other recipients:
If this has not already been identified, please look at Camellia sinensis var. assamica.
If this has not already been identified, please look at Camellia sinensis var. assamica.

To me also appears close to images and details at Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze
Camellia sinensis from Ooty-GS28102020-6 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Camellia sinensis from Tea Gardens, Ooty, 29-12-2007.


2 images.

Attaching two images of Camellia sinensis (Tea). Most of you must have seen a tea plant but must not have seen it’s flowers. In the images you can see flowers of tea.

I came to know how tea plantation came to India from Chapters on The History of Botany in India by I H Burkill (These were sent to me by D C S Raju). I came to know that Maj Gen Francis Jenkins was the man who with the support of many botanists started tea plantation and Cinchona plantation in India. Incidentally the famous Jenkins School of Cooch Behar town is in honour of this gentleman.