Xuan - great pic!!
Yes, I have been finding pics suggesting camelia sinensis flower buds are round.
Here is a pic I found; of course I don't know the reliability of the source, some website called CharmofTea.us - and they seem to be out of stock on everything (at least everything I clicked on) - but here's their interesting pic of Cam. s. buds:
Also, Xuan, I've noticed your avatar - a pic of Camelia Sinensis flower!!!
Here are some recent excerpts from my tea source/teacher email conversations on this topic (in this excerpt they are referring to the Ya Bao I showed them):
>>Doubtful those were flower buds though. I have asked Master Wang for pics since they specifically identified these as from Yunnan Old Trees then they are from his hometown. I don't have photos of those particular trees showing leaf bud details. The trees were so large I have never climbed up for closeups nor thought go examine the leaf shoots. The slightly smaller, hundred year trees I have plenty of photos and none look like those buds. My point can not be supportable unless photos show these as growing or not growing from the particular trees they claim, though I doubt those websites can produce them either.<<
>>However, if they are flowers and not leaves, then it isn't technically tea, nor Pu-er, as that is defined as the leaves of c.sinensis Pu-er, BTW recently over throwing the use of Assamica as they are not exactly the same subvarietal (Large Black vs Small Black)and Pu-er predates Assamica by some million years apparently according to some fossil records though the India Tea Board will dispute it. <<
Just so interesting.
I think in this kind of exchange and creative exploration we empower ourselves as lovers and consumers of tea. I'm all for that.
May the Force be with you!
and of course...
Live long and prosper!
(I can be such a geek sometimes)