The tea complex. I. Taxonomy of tea clones

Sharma, V. S. ; Venkataramani, K. S. (1974) The tea complex. I. Taxonomy of tea clones Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Section B, 80 (4). pp. 178-187. ISSN 0370-0097

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The taxonomy of the species of Camellia L. involved in the evolution of the tea plant is discussed at length; a key and descriptions of species are given for ready identification. It is inferred that the cultivated tea populations are complex species hybrids and in view of this, Art. 29 of the "Cultivated Code" is applied to name the tea clones.

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