The Scientific Name of Tea
In 1753, the tea plant was given the name Thea sinensis by the Swedish scholar Linne and classified as a type of camellia. This evergreen shrub of the genus Camellia, family Theaceae, produces white blossoms between October and December and bears fruit the following autumn.
The word for "tea" around the world is pronounced basically one of two ways, illustrated respectively by English "tea" and Japanese "cha". This is because in the Amoy dialect of Chinese "tea" is called "tay," while in Cantonese it is called "cha," and these two pronunciations spread to different parts of the globe.