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Taxon: Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng.

Genus: Plectranthus
Family: Lamiaceae (alt. Labiatae) subfamily: Nepetoideae tribe: Ocimeae
Nomen number: 317147
Place of publication: Syst. veg. 2:690. 1825
Name verified on: 04-Jun-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 04-Jun-2010
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • country-borage   (Source: F SAfr ) – English
  • Cuban-oregano   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – English
  • French-thyme   (Source: F SAfr ) – English
  • Indian-borage   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • Indian-mint   (Source: F SAfr ) – English
  • Mexican-mint   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • soup-mint   (Source: F SAfr ) – English
  • Spanish-thyme   (Source: F SAfr ) – English
  • oreille   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Jamaika-Thymian   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • dacon ajenton   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Malay
  • orégano   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • orégano de Cartagena   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Spanish (Cuba)
  • toronjil de limón   (Source: Mansf Ency [as "torongil de limon"]) – Spanish (Philippines)
  • kryddkarlbergare   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania
    South Tropical Africa: Angola; Mozambique
    Southern Africa: South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal [n.]; Swaziland

  • widely cultivated & naturalized in tropics

    Indian Subcontinent: India

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng.:

  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • 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 other web resources for images:

  • Google 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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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (04 September 2015)

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