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Tea olive

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A tea olive shrub in bloom

Osmanthus fragrans (lit. "fragrant osmanthus"; variously known as sweet osmanthus, sweet olive, tea olive, and fragrant olive, is a species native to Asia from the Himalayas through South China (Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan) to Taiwan, southern Japan and Southeast Asia as far south as Cambodia and Thailand.

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