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Taxon: Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R. Br.

Genus: Plectranthus
Family: Lamiaceae (alt. Labiatae) subfamily: Nepetoideae tribe: Ocimeae
Nomen number: 317146
Place of publication: Prodr. 506. 1810
Name verified on: 04-Jun-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 04-Jun-2010
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 26 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • coleus   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • painted-nettle   (Source: Dict Gard [as Solenostemon scutellarioides]) – English
  • wu cai su   (Source: F ChinaEng [as Coleus scutellarioides]) – Transcribed Chinese
  • Buntblatt   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – German
  • Buntnessel   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • macho   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Spanish
  • nene   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Spanish
  • ahijado   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Spanish (Mexico)
  • palettblad   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish
  • el-nene   (Source: CRC MedHerbs ed2 [as Solenostemon scutellarioides]) – unknown

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Dict Gard, as Solenostemon scutellarioides)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2, as Solenostemon scutellarioides; Pl Res SEAs 12(1):408. 1999)

Distributional range:

    China: China - Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi
    Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: India; Sri Lanka
    Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    Australia: Australia - Northern Territory [n.], Queensland [n.], Western Australia [n.]
    Southwestern Pacific: Solomon Islands

  • widely cultivated in tropics


  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. [= Solenostemon scutellarioides (L.) Codd].
  • Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. 1948–. Flora malesiana.
  • Suddee, S. et al. 2004. A taxonomic revision of tribe Ocimeae Dumort. (Lamiaceae) in continental South East Asia II. Plectranthinae. Kew Bull. 59:411–412.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa. [mentions].
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition). [= Coleus scutellarioides (L.) Benth.].


Check other web resources for Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R. Br.:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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