25 October 2009

Camellia Sinensis blooming

My tea tree is in full bloom, the fragrant flowers are white with yellow stamens.

Camellia Sinensis is the main ingredient for the second most widely consumed beverage in the world. It will still be a couple of years before I can brew my own tea! With smaller leaves and flowers, Camellia sinensis should make a good Bonsai.
The tea plant is native to Southeast Asia. All types of tea (green, black, and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant are steamed to produce green tea.
Making Tea and Other Products from Camellia Sinensis

Camellia Sinensis

And in Charleston, SC tea has been grown off and on for about 400 years
Charleston Tea Plantation

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