Leaves from Camellia sinensis are used to make tea - the most important non-alcoholic beverage in the world. The plant is native to mainland China, South and Southeast Asia, but today it is cultivated across the world. An evergreen shrub with yellow-white flowers, this collection is from Tanzania.
Tea is a shrub, grown for a hot drink made from its leaves. Two varieties are recognised; Camellia sinensis var. sinensis (Chinese tea) and Camellia sinensis var. assamica (Assam tea, Indian tea). It is the most important non-alcoholic beverage in the world, and over three million tonnes of tea are grown annually.