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266 CULTURE OF TEA IN THE HIMALAYAS.

soUof Tea of Keang-nan, whence the green tea is procured,
its rocks consist chiefly of sandstone, schistus and
granite ;" and he was inclined to think that those
of Fokien must besimilar. This coincides also with
the testimony of others. (Illustrations, p. 113.)
Extent of cui- The tea plant is cultivated in China over a
irTchina? ^ vcrv large extent of territory. Dr. Wallich men-
tions it in Cochin-China in N. lat. 17°, and in
dhina in the southern provinces of Yunan and of
Quang-tung. Mr. Reeves informed the Author
that, in a Chinese Herbal, tea is said to be pro-
duced, among other places to the northward of
From 17° to 31**, in nine places in Hoo-Quang, three places in
* ■ Ho-nan, one place in Shensi, and two places in
Shan-tung ; one of these latter, and the most
northward of the whole, is Tang-chow-Foo, in
36** 30' N. lat. — and in the Japan islands, which
extend from 30° to 41° of N. lat.. Dr. Abel states
having found it in an apparently wild state at
See-chou, in the province of Kiang-see, about
N. lat. 26°, where the hills were covered with
At cheusan, piucs. The Author has, since the publication of
Mountains."" ^is obscrvations, seen an excellent specimen in
flower in the British Museum, collected bv an-
other botanist (Mr. Cunningham) near Cheusan,
which is in 30° of N. lat., and where, he say, it
delights on the tops of mountains like the Pine.*
The information which we possess respecting

* This specimen was pointed out to the Author by Mr. R.
firown, distinguished as the first botanist of the day. The



CULTURE OF TEA IN THE HIMALAYAS. 267

the climate of the tea districts is, like that of the Climate



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