Taxon: Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze

 
Genus: Camellia
  Subgenus: Thea
    Section: Thea
Family: Theaceae
      Tribe: Theeae
Nomen number: 8732
Place of publication: Trudy Imp. S.-Peterburgsk. Bot. Sada 10:195. 1887
Name Verified on: 12-Dec-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-Dec-2007
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Hilo (HILO)
Accessions: 59 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring (fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Human food: beverage base (fide Pl Res SEAs 16:55. 2000)
  • Medicines: folklore (source of caffeine & theophylline fide Import Medicinal Pl; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Social: stimulant (fide Pl Book; Pl Res SEAs 16:55. 2000)

Distributional Range:

    Native:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China - Guangdong, - Yunnan, - Guangxi
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India - Assam
    • Indo-China: Indochina; Myanmar; Thailand

  • Cultivated:

    . widely cult.

References:

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  • Bisset, N. G., ed. Herbal drugs and phytopharmaceuticals. A handbook for practice on a scientific basis. 1994 (Herbal Drugs)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. 1959- (F China)
  • Chopra, D. & D. Simon The Chopra Center herbal handbook: forty natural prescriptions for perfect health. 2000 (Chopra Herbal)
  • Davis, P. H., ed. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands. 1965-1988 (F Turk)
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  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. 2002 (Zander ed17)
  • Farnsworth, N. R. & D. D. Soejarto Global importance of medicinal plants (unpublished draft manuscript rev. 23, 1988) (Import Medicinal Pl)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
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  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
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  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2. 1998 (Food Feed Crops US)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
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  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Rehm, S. & G. Espig The cultivated plants of the tropics and subtropics. 1991 (CultTropS)
  • Sharma, B. D. et al., eds. Flora of India. 1993- (F India)
  • Smitinand, T. & K. Larsen, eds. Flora of Thailand. 1970- (F Thailand)
  • Steward, A. N. Manual of vascular plants of the lower Yangtze valley. 1958 (F LowYangtze)
  • Van Wyk, B.-E. & M. Wink Medicinal plants of the world. 2004 (Med Pl World)
  • Vossen, H. A. M. van der & M. Wessel, eds. 2000. Stimulants (Pl Res SEAs) 16:55.
  • Walker, E. Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu Islands. 1976 (F Okin)
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  • 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.

Synonyms:

Check other web resources for Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze :

  • 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.

Images:

  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image