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Taxon: Camellia taliensis (W. W. Sm.) Melch.

Genus: Camellia
Subgenus: Thea
Section: Thea
Family: Theaceae
Tribe: Theeae
Nomen number: 8736
Place of publication: H. G. A. Engler & K. A. E. Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. ed. 2, 21:131. 1925
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 12-Oct-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 24-Oct-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Economic Importance:

  • Human food: beverage base (locally used to prepare a drink similar to tea fide BMC Pl Biol 14:2. 2014); beverage base (locally used to prepare a drink similar to tea fide BMC Pl Biol 14:2. 2014)

Distributional Range:


    • CHINA: China [Yunnan (w. & s.)]

    • INDO-CHINA: Myanmar (n.), Thailand (n.)


  1. Chen, J. et al. 2005. Genetic diversity and differentiation of Camellia sinensis L. (cultivated tea) and its wild relatives in Yunnan province of China, revealed by morphology, biochemistry and allozyme studies Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 52:41-52.
  2. Chen, L. & S. Yamaguchi 2002. Genetic diversity and phylogeny of tea plant (Camellia sinensis) and its related species and varieties in the section Thea genus Camellia determined by randomly amplified polymorphic DNA analysis J. Hort. Sci. Biotechnol. 77:729-736.
  3. Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. (F China)
  4. Sealy, J. R. 1958. A revision of the genus Camellia 127.
  5. Smitinand, T. & K. Larsen, eds. Flora of Thailand. (F Thailand)
  6. Takeda, Y. 1990. Cross compatibility of tea (Camellia sinensis) and its allied species in the genus Camellia Jap. Agric. Res. Quart. 24:111-116.
  7. Wachira, F. N. et al. 1997. An assessment of genetic diversity among Camellia sinensis L. (cultivated tea) and its wild relatives based on randomly amplified polymorphic DNA and organelle-specific STS (Heredity) 78:603-611.
  8. Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)
  9. Yang, H. et al. 2016. Genetic divergence between Camellia sinensis and its wild relatives revealed via genome-wide SNPs from RAD sequencing (PloS One) 11(3): e0151424.
  10. Zhao, D.-W. et al. 2014. Genetic diversity and domestication origin of tea plant Camellia taliensis (Theaceae) as revealed by microsatellite markers B. M. C. Pl. Biol. 14:14.

Check other web resources for Camellia taliensis (W. W. Sm.) Melch. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?8736. Accessed 19 March 2019.