Plectranthus sp. (small leaves)

Family Name: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Synonyms: Coleus amboinicus (small leaves)
Common Name: Indian Borage, Cuban Oregano, Mexican Mint, Spanish Thyme, 左手香, 印度薄荷, 到手香
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Herb & Spice Interiorscape / Indoor Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Local Conservation Status 1 Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herb up to about 15 cm tall.
Foliage Light green, fleshy leaves are egg-shaped with a scalloped leaf margin. They are densely arranged in pairs with adjacent pairs perpendicular to one another.
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves)
Food (Herb and Spice)

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden, Economic Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green - Light Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose, Bulging in between Veins, Thick
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Obovate)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Crenate
Foliar Apex - Tip Rounded
Foliar Base Cuneate
Typical Foliar Area Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )

Fruit, Seed & Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Indehiscent Dry Fruit
Fruit Type 2 Nut / Nutlet

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Master ID 32250
Species ID 6658
Species record last updated on: 17 May 2019.