Plectranthus scutellarioides (Lamiaceae)

Plectranthus scutellarioides

This herbaceous plant occurs in rainforest and wet forest and is easily recognized and distinguished from other species of Plectranthus by the way the leaf lamina narrows towards the base. Even when flowerless, it will be easily recognized to be a mint member by the smell of the leaves. Just brushing against it will be sufficient to obtain a smell. A dazzling number of cultivated varieties with patterned and coloured leaves have been cultivated, and collectively these plants are known as the Coleus or the Painted Nettle. More on this when I get a nice shot of the wonderfully purple flowers.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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