Ocimum gratissimum L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 1197 (1753)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Tropical & Subtropical Old World. It is a subshrub or shrub and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome. It is used as animal food, a poison, a medicine and invertebrate food, has environmental uses and social uses and for food.

Distribution

Native to:

Aldabra, Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, China Southeast, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laccadive Is., Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sumatera, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Aruba, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Cape Verde, Chad, Cook Is., Cuba, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Hawaii, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Marquesas, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Niger, Panamá, Queensland, Society Is., Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Vanuatu, Windward Is.

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

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  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTOM, Bangui.
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  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau). Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • Davidse, G. & al. (eds.) (2012). Flora Mesoamericana 4(2): 1-533. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F.
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  • Khanam, M. & Hassan, M.A. (2008). Lamiaceae. Flora of Bangladesh 58: 1-161. Bangladesh National Herbarium, Dhaka.
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Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

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Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Chev. Bot. 511 (as var. macrophyllum Briq.)
  • Morton in J. Linn. Soc. 58: 232 (1962).
  • Sp. Pl. 2: 1197 (1753)

Kew Backbone Distributions

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  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Baksh-Comeau, Y., Maharaj, S.S., Adams, C.D., Harris, S.A., Filer, D.L. & Hawthorne, W.D. (2016). An annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Trinidad and Tobago with analysis of vegetation types and botanical 'hotspots'. Phytotaxa 250: 1-431.
  • Berhaut, J. (1975). Flore illustrée du Sénégal 4: 1-625. Gouvernement du Sénégal, Ministère du développement rural direction des eaux et forêta, Dakar.
  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis. PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau). Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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  • Fosberg, F.R. (1975). Vascular plants of Aitutaki. Atoll Research Bulletin 190: 73-84.
  • Harris, D.J. (2002). The vascular plants of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic: 1-274. National Botanic Garden (Belgium), Meise.
  • Jones, M. (1991). A checklist of Gambian plants: 1-33. Michael Jones, The Gambia College.
  • Lebrun, J.P., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lorence, D.H. & Wagnwe, W.L. (2020). Flora of the Marquesas Islands 2: 413-1135. National Tropical Botanic Garden, Smithsonian, DRPF.
  • Mabberley, D.J. & De Kok, R.P.J. (2004). Labiatae. Flore de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et Dépendances 25: 20-141. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
  • Morales, R. (2011). Les Labiadas (Lamiaceae) de Guinea Ecuatorial. Anales del Jardin Botanico de Madrid 68: 199-223.
  • Pandey, R.P. & Dilwakar, P.G. (2008). An integrated check-list flora of Andaman and Nicobar islands, India. Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 32: 403-500.
  • Paton, A.J., Bramley, G., Ryding, O., Polhill, R.M., Harvey, Y.B., Iwarsson, M., Otieno, D., Balkwill, K., Phillipson, P.B., Harley, R.M. & Willis, F. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(8): 1-346. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • 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.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon. Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Suddee, S., Paton, A.J. & Parnell, J.A.N. (2005). Taxonomic Revision of the tribe Ocimeae Dumort (Lamiaceae) in continental South East Asia III. Ociminae. Kew Bulletin 60: 3-75.
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Flora of Somalia

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Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia

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Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • F.W.T.A., ed. 2, 2: 452 (1963)
  • Fl. Rwanda 3: 324 (1985)
  • Holm & Hiltunen, Ocimum: 26 (1999).
  • K.B. 47: 411, fig. 1G, H (1992)
  • P.O.A. C: 350 (1895)
  • Sp. Pl.: 1197 (1753)
  • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 296, t. 132 (1994)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Nov 1, 2013 Ende [2784], China K000938238 No
Nov 1, 2013 David, B.et al. [CL655], Cambodia K000938295 No
Nov 1, 2013 Maraia [AM050], Madagascar K000938312 No
Jan 1, 2011 Mwangoka [5224], Brazil K000735148 No
Jan 1, 2011 Du, N.V. et al. [HNK2612], Vietnam K000735158 No
Jan 1, 2010 Betz, W. [31], Papua New Guinea K000897217 No
Aug 15, 2006 Katende [643], Uganda K000194745 No
May 23, 2006 Folli [3235], Brazil K000194505 Yes
Nov 29, 1999 Takeuchi, W. [13813], Papua New Guinea K000897347 No
Nov 29, 1999 Takeuchi, W. [13813], Papua New Guinea K000897348 No
Dec 1, 1997 Etuge, M. [3702], Cameroon K000339266 No
Apr 1, 1964 Haniff, M. [SFN6923], Malaysia K000897352 No
Waterhouse, J.H.L. [916], Papua New Guinea K000897344 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2720] K001116936 Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2720] K001116933 Yes
Wiakabu, J. [LAE73476], Papua New Guinea K000897349 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2720], India K001116938 Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2720] K001116934 Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2720], India K001116937 Yes
Stevens, P.F. [LAE50142], Papua New Guinea K000897350 No
Streimann, H. [NGF27573], Papua New Guinea K000897343 No
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 2720], Malaysia K001116930 Yes
Kerenga, K. [LAE77444], Papua New Guinea K000897346 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2720] K001116932 Yes
Peekel, G. [12], Papua New Guinea K000897342 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2720] K001116931 Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 2720] K001116935 Yes
Coode, M. [NGF29791], Papua New Guinea K000897345 No

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