Thanks for sharing your sentiments. Don't get me wrong. When I said the Plant is no where near Ocimum, it meant botanically. All species of Ocimum and easily distinguished by the presence of large almost spoon shaped upper calyx lobe, and when identifying members of Labiatae, the calyx structure is used as main criterian. In that regard in Floras Ocimum is generally at the other end of identification keys.
I never doubted Ban Tulsi, it was and it isBan tulsi, only it is not Ocimum basilicum (it is Sweet basil, common basil niazbo, babui tulsi, gulal tulsi, bhuttulsi, kama kasturi, and so many other common names, but not ban tulsi). Ban tulsi I knew through literature may be a Elsholtzia blanda (assam), Majorana hortensis (Kumaon), Ocimum gratissimum (Hindi, Bengali) and Perilla frutescens (Bengal). It was none of these. The book Useful plants of India by CSRI lists following local names for Hyptis suaveolens: Hindi: Vilayati tulsi. Beng: Bilati tulsi. Oryia: Ganga tulsi, parodo. Bihar: Bihunsri, dimbubuha, ara gusumpuru. It does not list Ban tulsi, and as such did not help me. Thanks Dinesh ji, he identified the plant correctly.
I invite you to visit Herbal Garden here to see many more scientific names to know reason for my comments.
As far as local names are concerned they are always useful in quick identification, and you must have seen recently I have been posting local regional names in all languages, when an identiofication is complete.
Cheer up Pankaj ji
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