Perilla frutescens (L.) Britton

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2505)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2404)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2036)

      Order: Lamiales (158)

        Family: Lamiaceae (89) (family description)

          Genus: Perilla (1)

           Epithet: frutescens (L.) Britton (1)

Synonyms: Melissa maxima Ard., Mentha perilloides Lam., Ocimum frutescens L., Perilla albiflora Odash., Perilla avium Dunn, Perilla ocymoides L., Perilla shimadae Kudô, Perilla urticifolia Salisb.

albiflora => white-flowered

avium => from 'avis', meaning birds

frutescens => shrubby, becoming shrubby

maxima => largest

ocymoides => resembling basil

perilloides => resembling Perilla

shimadae => in honor of Yaichi Shimada (1884-1971), Japanese botanist

urticifolia => nettle-leaved

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Perilla frutescens at The Plant List, GBIF or IPNI

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