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  Camellia sinensis
  Family: THEACEAE
  Citation:  Camellia sinensis (L.) O.Ktze., Unsdie Erde 500. 1881; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 82. 1984; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 72. 1989; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 73. 1990; A.S. Chauhan & T.K. Paul in B.D. Sharma & Sanjappa, Fl. India 3:159. 1993; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 54. 1996; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 25. 1995; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 33. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 23. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 90. 2002; K. Vivek. in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 358. 2005; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 73. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 140. 2009. Thea sinensis L., Sp. Pl. 515. 1753. Camellia thea Link, Enum. Hort. Berol. 2: 72. 1822; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 80(57). 1915. Camellia theifera Griff., Ic. Pl. Asiat. 4: t. 602. 1854; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 292. 1874.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chaya, Theyila
  Tamil name(s): Tea
  English name(s): Tea plant, Common tea
  Description: Shrubs. Leaves 8-10 x 3-4 cm, elliptic-oblong, apex acuminate, base acute, serrate; petiole to 5 mm. Flowers axillary, solitary to 3 cm across, white; pedicel to 1.5 cm; bracts 2 or 3, small; sepals 5, 5 mm across, orbicular; petals 5, 2 x 1.5 cm, obovate, connate with outer whorl of stamen; stamens numerous, biseriate; ovary 3-celled, villous, style 3. Capsule to 2 cm across, woody, subglobose.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: June-January
  District(s): Palakkad, Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Wayanad, Kozhikkode
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Raised in plantations
  Distribution: Cultivated in Subtropical and warm temperate zones of South-east Asia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 1000-1200
  Localities: Munnar, Pooppara, Old Devicolam, Nelluyampathy forests, Vandalodu, Teppakulam, Athirumala
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