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Common name

English: Monkey's Potato

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2596)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2495)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2109)

      Order: Lamiales (172)

        Family: Lamiaceae (93)(family description)

          Genus: Solenostemon (1)

            Epithet: monostachyus (P. Beauv.) Briq. in Engl. & Prantl (1)

Synonyms: Coleus africanus Benth., Ocymum monostachyum P. Beauv., Plectranthus palisoti Benth., Solenostemon lateriticola A. Chev., Solenostemon ocymoides Schum. & Thonn.

africanus => of African origin

lateriticola => grows in lateritic soil

monostachyum => one-spiked

monostachyus => one-spiked

ocymoides => resembling basil

palisoti => in honor of Ambroise Marie François Joseph Palisot, Baron de Beauvois (1752-1820), French naturalist, botanist and plant collector

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: blue, violet

External links

Check for Solenostemon monostachyus at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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