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Theaceae

Theaceae is the Tea Family. The family members are mostly shrubs and trees perhaps with the most familiar the Tea Plant and ornamentally Camellias. There are about 40 genera in this family.

Most members of Theaceae have simple leaves. Usually, the leaves are alternate and serrated. They are usually glossy. Many are evergreens. Flowers in Theaceae members are usually pink or white. The flowers are usually large. They are fragrant. The calyx usually has 5 or more sepals that remain in the fruiting stage. And usually they numerous corolla and stamens. Fruits are loculicidal capsules but sometimes pome-like. Usually not too many seeds and some are winged.

The genera in the Theaceae family of plants include:

Apterosperma
Bembiciopsis
Calpandria
Camellia
Dankia
Dubardella
Euryodendron
Franklinia
Glyptocarpa
Gordlinia
Gordonia
Haemocharis
Hartia
Laplacea
Malachodendron
Mokof
Parapyrenaria
Piquetia
Polyspora
Pyrenaria
Schima
Schimlinia
Stewartia
Thea
Theopsis
Tutcheria

Camellia japonica 'Kumasaka'
Camellia japonica ‘Kumasaka’
Camellia High Fragrance
Camellia High Fragrance
Camellia saluenensis 'Dogrose'
Camellia saluenensis ‘Dogrose’

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