Family: Theaceae

Synonym:Thea sinensis L.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Cha, Chapata, Cha gach.

Tribal name: Laa-pha-khraw (Rakhaing).

English name: Tea.

Description of the plant: A shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, elliptic-oblong, 8-20 cm long, 3-6 cm wide, base cuneate, apex acuminate, toothed margin. Flowers white, axillary, 3 cm in diameter. Fruit a subglobose capsule, 3-seeded; seed globose. 

Plant parts used: Leaf.

Herbal uses:Decoction prepared from the leaves of the plant, after cooling it is used for wash the head to remedy of hair fall.

Infusion prepared from the leaves of the plant is used as external applications for skin ailments and eruptions.

Decoction of leavesis used as stimulant and to relieve fatigue.

Leaves of the plant are used to soothe headaches, aid digestion.

Green tea is used asaremedy for obesity.

It has been shown that drinking tea can protect the teeth from decay.

Tea is reportedly effective in clinical treatment of amoebic dysentery, bacterial dysentery, gastro-enteritis, and hepatitis.

Externally tea is used as a poultice or wash to treat cuts, bruises, ophthalmia, swellings etc.

A paste made with the leaves of the plant is applied to the forehead to releive the headache.

Green tea is often used for digestive ailments, to soothe insect bite, treat burn, and reduce swollen eyelids.

Distribution: The species is found under cultivation in Sylhet, Maulvi Bazar, Panchagar, Chittagong districts, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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