In Fiona's Garden: History in every cup

By Fiona Ogilvie
Updated December 17 2015 - 9:12am, first published March 27 2014 - 4:00am
Camellia sinensis is the source of the world’s most consumed beverage apart from water.
Camellia sinensis is the source of the world’s most consumed beverage apart from water.

THE flowers of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, are relatively plain, especially when compared to some of their flamboyant relations. Yet the tree that bears them has probably done as much to change human history as any plant on the planet.

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