Uploading photographs of different aspects of of Ocimum basilicum.
The species is characterised by 3-6 cm long leaves, petiole winged in upper part, leaves-ovate-oblong, bracts lanceolate 6-8 mm, flowers pink or white, corolla 7-9 mm long, fruiting calyx 5-7 mm long with 2 mm long front teeth.
I have yet to find authentic specimens of O. americanum (like O. basilicum but leaves never larger than 3 cm, lemon like flavour, bract oblong 4 mm long. Corolla 5 mm long, calyx 2-2.5 mm, fruiting calyx 4-5 mm) and O. kilimandscharicum (Camphor basil-yet to find diagnostic features). Can any member upload photographs of different aspects of these two species? May be Dr. Pankak Oudhia can help.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297 Mob: 9810359089http://people.du.ac.in/~singhg45/