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tea tree (plural tea trees)

  1. The tea plant (Camellia sinensis), from which black, green, oolong and white tea are all obtained.
  2. The tree Melaleuca alternifolia, from which tea tree oil is obtained.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, 1st Australian edition, Sydney, N.S.W.: Ure Smith, published 1962, →OCLC, page 77:
      It was a subject requiring the figure. The figure of a girl standing in the water, dappled by light and shade through the tea-tree, with the sunlit bank behind her. Bradly scanned the lagoon up and down, searching the clumps of mangrove for the figure of a girl.
  3. A shrub or small tree native to New Zealand and southeast Australia (Leptospermum scoparium).
  4. The kanuka, Kunzea ericoides.
  5. The duke of Argyll's tea tree (Lycium barbarum), also known as wolfberry or matrimony vine.
  6. The shrub ti (Cordyline fruticosa).

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  • (Leptospermum scoparium): manuka

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