Cha or Tea, camellia sinensis
Cha or Tea (camellia sinensis, family: theaceae) is a one of the most cash crops in Bangladesh. It is a bushy shrub or small tree with profuse branches. A kind of energetic and tasty drink is prepared from its young leaves and it is one of the most popular hot drinks of the world.
Leaves are dark green, 3-14 cm long, pale beneath, leathery, ovate, edge serrated.
The fruit is almost round. Propagation of the plant is caused by cutting and seed.
Its a long-lived plant. According to a source, the young leaves were collected from a 150-years-old tree.
There are 164 tea gardens in Moulvibazar, Habigonj, Sylhet, Chittagong and Panchagar in the country.
The first notable tea garden, Malnichhora, which was established in 1847 in Sylhet district. By the by, Bangladesh stands 10th position among the most tea-producing countries of the world.
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