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Useful Tropical Plants

Orthosiphon rubicundus

(D.Don) Benth.

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Lumnitzera rubicunda (D.Don) Spreng.

Lumnitzera virgata (D.Don) Spreng.

Ocimum buchananii Baker

Ocimum mollissimum Wall. ex Hook.f.

Ocimum rubicundum Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don

Ocimum tuberosum Roxb.

Ocimum virgatum Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don

Orthosiphon atacorensis A.Chev.

Orthosiphon buchananii (Baker) M.R.Ashby

Orthosiphon coloratus Vatke

Orthosiphon pascuensis G.Taylor

Orthosiphon roseus Briq.

Orthosiphon rufinervis G.Taylor

Orthosiphon salagensis Baker

Orthosiphon shirensis Baker

Orthosiphon stuhlmannii Gürke

Orthosiphon virgatus (D.Don) Benth.

Orthosiphon xylorrhizus Briq.

Plectranthus mollissimus Wall. ex Benth.

Plectranthus rubicundus D.Don

Plectranthus tuberosus Roxb. ex Benth.

Plectranthus virgatus D.Don

Common Name:

Orthosiphon rubicundus
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Dinesh Valke
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Orthosiphon rubicundus Orthosiphon rubicundus

General Information

Orthosiphon rubicundus is a herbaceous perennial plant growing 25 - 60cm tall from a woody rootstock that can be tuberous.
The plant is gathered from the wild for the starch contained in its roots, which is used locally. It is sometimes cultivated for its starch containing tubers in tropical Africa[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa, through Asia to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.

Habitat

Savannah woodland in Africa[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

An edible starch is obtained from the tubers[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

The plant has medicinal uses[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

The powdered up plant is used as a dusting-powder for babies[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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