Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze

  • Family : THEACEAE
    (Tea Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : CHAAY FAMILY (चाय फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : THEACEAE
  • Basionym : Thea sinensis L.
  • Synonym(s) : Camella thea Link
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze
  • Common name : Tea plant, Common tea
  • Vernacular name : Theyilai (Tamil); Cha (Oria); Theyaka (Telugu); Chaikapatta (Hindi); Tea gida (Kannada); Chaya, Theyila (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Raised in plantations
  • Comments / notes : Often in cultivation on hilly slopes of higher elevations. Sometimes as an escape from cultivation into wild.
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Kozhikode district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Kottayam district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Maharashtra : Satara district, Sindhudurg district
    • Odisha : Mayurbhanj district
    • Tamil Nadu : Cultivated
  • World Distribution : India, Southeast Asia, China, Indo-China
  • Literature : Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. sinensis. Downloaded on 25 February 2021.

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