C. sinensis (Linn.) O. Kuntze syn. C. thea Link; C. theifera Griff.
North Eastern valley, INDIA
Seed Collection period
Evergreen, Ornamental, Beverage
Seed Counts per KG
Plant Average Height
Camellia sinensis is an evergreen tree or shrub growing to a height of 30-50 ft. when left to itself. Under cultivation it is usually pruned down to a height of 2-5 feet and maintained as a bush. The leaves are alternate, evergreen, elliptic obovate or lanceolate, with serrate margin. They are glabrous or, sometimes, pubescent beneath. The young leves are more or less pubescent. Mature leaves are bright green in colour, leathery and smooth, varying in length from 2 to 12in. The flowers may be either solitary or may occur in clusters of 2-4. They are white and fragrant, about 1-½ in. diam. The capsules are brownish-green, 1-4 lobed, each lobe bearing 1-3 seeds. The seeds are spherical or flattened and brown in colour. It is native to south East Asia, but today it is cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the whole world.