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05/03/2009

Camellia


This is a photo of Camellia taken in the tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, England.
Camellia, the camellias, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are native to eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalaya east to japan and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species.
Camelia sinensis, the tea plant, is of major commercial importance because tea is made from its leaves. While the finest teas are produced by C. sinensis courtesy of millennia of selective breeding of this species, many other camellias can be used to produce a similar beverage. For example, in some parts of Japan, tea made from Christmas Camellia (C. sasanqua) leaves is popular. Many other camellias are grown as ornamental plants for their flowers.

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