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Useful Tropical Plants

Plectranthus scutellarioides

(L.) R.Br.

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Calchas acuminatus (Benth.) P.V.Heath

Calchas atropurpureus (Benth.) P.V.Heath

Calchas crispipilus (Merr.) P.V.Heath

Calchas scutellarioides (L.) P.V.Heath

Coleus acuminatus Benth.

Coleus atropurpureus Benth.

Coleus blancoi Benth.

Coleus blumei Benth.

Coleus crispipilus (Merr.) Merr.

Coleus formosanus Hayata

Coleus gaudichaudii Briq.

Coleus gibbsiae S.Moore

Coleus grandifolius Benth.

Coleus grandifolius Blanco

Coleus hybridus Cobeau

Coleus igolotorum Briq.

Coleus ingrates (Blume) Benth.

Coleus integrifolius Elmer

Coleus laciniatus (Blume) Benth.

Coleus multiflorus Benth.

Coleus pubescens Merr.

Coleus pumilus Blanco

Coleus rehneltianus A.Berger

Coleus savannicola K.Schum.

Coleus scutellarioides (L.) Benth.

Coleus secundiflorus Benth.

Coleus verschaffeltii Lem.

Coleus zschokkei Merr.

Germanea nudiflora Poir.

Majana acuminate (Benth.) Kuntze

Majana blancoi (Benth.) Kuntze

Majana grandifolia (Benth.) Kuntze

Majana multiflora (Benth.) Kuntze

Majana pumila (Blanco) Kuntze

Majana scutellariodes (L.) Kuntze

Majana secundiflora (Benth.) Kuntze

Ocimum peltatum Schweigg. ex Schrank

Ocimum scutellarioides L.

Perilla nankinensis Wender.

Plectranthus aromaticus Roxb.

Plectranthus blumei (Benth.) Launert

Plectranthus ingrates Blume

Plectranthus laciniatus Blume

Plectranthus nudiflorus (Poir.) Willd.

Plectranthus scutellarioides Blume

Solenostemon blumei (Benth.) M.Gómez

Solenostemon scutellarioides (L.) Codd

Common Name: Coleus

Plectranthus scutellarioides
One of the many patterns of variegated leaves
Photograph by: Ahmad Fuad Morad
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General Information

Plectranthus scutellarioides is an aromatic, erect, herbaceous perennial plant growing 50 - 150cm tall.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens; there is a wide range of cultivated forms, valued especially for their wide range of variegated leaves[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

E. Asia - China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, northern Australia, Solomon Islands.

Habitat

All sorts of habitats from the lowland to the mountains; rain-forest; shaded stream-banks and other watercourses; rice-field dykes; thickets; limestone hills; secondary forest; mossy forest etc; at elevations up to 2,900 metres[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Edible tubers[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. This species does not produce tubers[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

The leaves are eaten fresh with bread and butter, or are bruised and put into country beer[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Medicinal

The plant (part not specified) is employed in the treatment of dyspepsia, ophthalmia, headaches, bruises etc[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
]. It is also considered to be abortifacient and is used as a repellent for intestinal worms[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

The leaves and young shoots from the purple-black wild species are squeezed into a cup, a pinch of salt is added and the mixture taken to induce abortion and remove the afterbirth[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].
The juice squeezed from new, soft leaves is applied to sores, including those of leprosy[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].

Other Uses

The sap from the leaves of the wild, purple-black species is used in tattooing[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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