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  • Common Name: Camellia
  • Latin Name: Camellia japonica
  • Family Name: Thesceae

Although there are no known hazards, this plant contains tannin and the seeds contain tsubaki oil which is used in hair care treatments.  Tortoises would probably avoid the Camellia because of the leathery leaves, although the occasional nibble of a flower petal would do no harm, but this is not one to offer as a regular part of the diet.

Tea Plant (Camellia sinesis) is a close relative of the Camellia we grow in our gardens.  It is the plant from which the tea drink is made, and is high in caffeine. 


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