Botanical name: Coleus strobilifer Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Lavandula carnosa, Anisochilus carnosus, Plectranthus carnosus
Thick-Leaf Lavender is an aromatic annual herb with stems erect, 1-2 ft tall, robust, branched. Leaf-stalks are 1.3-5 cm long, densely white velvety. Leaves are ovate-oblong to circular, 5-7 × 5-7 cm, white white-velvety, sparsely red glandular, base heart-shaped to rounded, margin rounded-toothed, tip blunt to rounded. Flowers are borne in spikes 2.5-7.5 × 0.9-1.9 cm, long stalked, 4-angled in fruit. Sepal cup is 4.5 mm, tube constricted at mouth, dilated in fruit. Upper lip is ovate, lower lip flat. Flowers are purplish, 9 mm, densely velvety outside. Flower tube is slender, recurved at middle, dilated at throat. Upper lip is 4-lobed, lower lip concave. Anterior stamens slightly protruding. Thick-Leaf Lavender is found in the Himalayas, from Garhwal to NE India, Maynmar, at altitudes of 400-1000 m, and in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: September-October.
Medicinal uses: Juice of plant is given in urticaria associated with liver disorders. Mixed with sugarcane, it is used for cough and cold.
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