Duke of Argyll's Tea Plant

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Duke of Argyll's Tea Plant       Lycium barbarum      526
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This single shrub, situated in the rough grassland of the Flats, is the only specimen of this species known in the area.

It is quite remote from anything other than the various species of common grassland plants hereabouts. It isn't even on an area known to have had prefabs or other buildings where it may have been deliberately planted. Maybe just a casual bird-dropped seed?

Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, introduced it into the country in the 1730s - it is said believing it was the plant from which tea is made Camellia sinensis.

However, a grass fire in August 2020 severely damaged the plant, and it looks unlikely to have survived.
Wanstead Flats, 11 July 2005
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