Coleus amboinicus Lour.

First published in Fl. Cochinch.: 372 (1790)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Kenya to S. Africa, Arabian Peninsula, India. It is a scrambling subshrub and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome. It is used to treat unspecified medicinal disorders, as animal food and a medicine, has environmental uses and social uses and for food.

Distribution

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yemen

Introduced into:

Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil Northeast, Cambodia, Colombia, Comoros, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Florida, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Jawa, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Madagascar, Maluku, Marquesas, Mexico Northeast, Nicaragua, Niue, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is., Windward Is.

Synonyms

Homotypic Synonyms

Heterotypic Synonyms

Classification

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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Kotiya, A., Solanki, Y. & Reddy, G.V. (2020). Flora of Rajasthan: 1-769. Rajasthan state biodiversity board.
  • Paton, A.J., Mwanyambo, M. Govaerts, R.H.A., Smitha, K., Suddee, S., Phillipson, P.B., Wilson, T.C., Forster, P.I. & Culham, A. (2019). Nomenclatural changes in Coleus and Plectranthus (Lamiaceae): A tale of more than two genera. PhytoKeys 129: 1-158.
  • Plunkett, G.M., Ranker, T.A., Sam, C. & Balick, M.J. (2022). Towards a checklist of the vascular flora of Vanuatu. Candollea 77: 105-118.

An alternative taxonomy had been proposed by the following authorities:

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Plectranthus amboinicus.]
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Plectranthus amboinicus.]

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Bernal, R., Gradstein, R.S. & Celis, M. (eds.) (2016). Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia 1-2: 1-3068. Libro impreso.
  • Bramley, G.L.C. (2019). Flora Malesiana 23: 1-444. Noordhoff-Kolff N.V., Djakarta.
  • Davidse, G. & al. (eds.) (2012). Flora Mesoamericana 4(2): 1-533. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola. Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.
  • Khanam, M. & Hassan, M.A. (2008). Lamiaceae. Flora of Bangladesh 58: 1-161. Bangladesh National Herbarium, Dhaka.
  • Kuo, M.L. (ed.) (2012). Flora of Taiwan, ed. 2, Suppl.: 1-414. Editorial Committee of the Flora of Taiwan, Second Edition, National Taiwan University.
  • Lorence, D.H. & Wagner, W.L. (2020). Flora of the Marquesas Islands 2: 413-1135. National Tropical Botanic Garden, Smithsonian, DRPF.
  • Morat, P. & Veillon, J.-M. (1985). Contributions à la conaissance de la végétation et de la flore de Wallis et Futuna. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Section B, Adansonia 7: 259-329.
  • Paton, A.J., Bramley, G., Ryding, O., Polhill, R., Harvey, Y., Iwarsson, M., Willis, F., Phillipson, P., Balkwill, K., Lukhoba, C., Otiend, D & Harley (2009). Lamiaceae (Labiatae). Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-430.
  • Plunkett, G.M., Ranker, T.A., Sam, C. & Balick, M.J. (2022). Towards a checklist of the vascular flora of Vanuatu. Candollea 77: 105-118.
  • Smith, A.C. (1991). Flora Vitiensis Nova. A new flora for Fiji (Spermatophytes only) 5: 1-626. Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden, Lawai.
  • Wiriadinata, H., Girmansyah, D., Hunter, J.M., Hoover, W.S. & Kartawinata, K. (2013). Floristic study of West Sumbawa, Indonesia. Reinwardtia 13: 391-404.
  • Yuncker, T.G. (1959). Plants of Tonga. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin 220: 1-283.

Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia

  • Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R., & Celis, M. (eds.). (2020). Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia. v1.1. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Dataset/Checklist. https://doi.org/10.15472/7avdhn
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  • Diazgranados et al. (2021). Catalogue of plants of Colombia. Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project. In prep.
  • FPI (2021). Food Plants International. https://fms.cmsvr.com/fmi/webd/Food_Plants_World?homeurl=https://foodplantsinternational.com/plants/
  • GBIF.org (2021). GBIF species matching tool. https://www.gbif.org/tools/species-lookup
  • GRIN (2021). Germplasm Resources Information Network from the United States Department of Agriculture. https://www.ars-grin.gov/
  • Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) v.10 (2021); http://mpns.kew.org/
  • PROTA (2021). Plants Resources of Tropical Africa. https://prota4u.org/database/
  • Willis, K.J. (ed.) (2017). State of the World’s Plants 2017. Report. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1964 s.coll. [s.n.] Indonesia K000888274 No
Powell, D.A. [XI1366] Australia K000888273 No
Horsfield, T. [s.n.] Indonesia K000888272 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2730] Coleus aromaticus K001116968 Unknown Type Material Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2730] India Coleus aromaticus K001116967 Unknown Type Material Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2730] Coleus aromaticus K001116969 Unknown Type Material Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2731] Coleus crassifolius K001116970 Type Yes
Jun 1, 2013 Mwangoka, M.A.; Zuakuu, T. [5658] Tanzania Plectranthus amboinicus K000938034 No
Jun 1, 2013 Robertson, S.A. [7574] Kenya Plectranthus amboinicus K000938036 No
Dec 1, 2012 Hemp, A. [5652] Tanzania Plectranthus amboinicus K000735697 No
Jan 1, 2011 Hopkins H.; M. [370] Seychelles Plectranthus amboinicus K000249969 No
Jan 1, 2010 Boom, B.M. [9930] Puerto Rico Plectranthus amboinicus K000735113 No
Jan 1, 2010 Boom, B.M. [9830] Puerto Rico Plectranthus amboinicus K000735112 No
Feb 13, 2008 Hiep, N.T., et al. [3849] Vietnam Plectranthus amboinicus K000479730 No
Sep 1, 2007 Laizer, G.et, al. [1532] Tanzania Plectranthus amboinicus K000248156 No
Jan 1, 2001 Merrill, E., D. [129] Philippines Plectranthus amboinicus K000897772 Type Yes
Galan, P. [4318] El Salvador Plectranthus amboinicus K001532264 No
Gossweiler, J. [4479] Angola Plectranthus amboinicus K001008896 Yes
Volkens, G. [321] Tanzania Plectranthus amboinicus K000431981 Unknown Type Material Yes
de Menezes, A. [407] Angola Plectranthus amboinicus K001008897 Yes
Welwitsch [5556] Angola Plectranthus amboinicus K000431989 Unknown Type Material Yes
Ramos, M.; Edaño, G. [36950] Philippines Plectranthus amboinicus K000897771 No
Merrill, E.D. [s.n.] Philippines Plectranthus amboinicus K000897770 No
Tweedie, E.M. [4254] Kenya Plectranthus amboinicus K:SPC-34137.000 No

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