Plectranthus amboinicus

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng
  • Synonyms : Coleus amboinicus Lour.
  • Common Name : Cuban Oregano, Indian Borage, Indian Mint, Mexican Mint
  • Plant Family : Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
  • Plant Form : Succulents
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Plectranthus amboinicus Plant :

  • Habit : A sprawling, perennial and succulent herb with short hairs and fleshy stems.
  • Leaves : Petiolate, simple, densely velvety, fleshy, ovate to roundish, margins toothed.
  • Inflorescence : Spikes
  • Flowers :
    • Pedicellate, sepals bell shaped.
    • Corolla in different shades from pale blue to maroon to pink, bilipped.
    • Stamens fused to form a tube.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Not known.
  • Significance :
    • The leaves are strongly flavoured and make an excellent addition to stuffings for meat and poultry.
    • The leaves have also had many traditional medicinal uses, especially for the treatment of coughs, sore throats and nasal congestion, but also for a range of other problems such as infections, rheumatism and flatulence.
    • It is also found to be cultivated in home-gardens.