Lamiaceae & Verbenaceae Week: Lamiaceae, Plectranthus amboinicus from Delhi

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Gurcharan Singh

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Jul 10, 2011, 1:30:30 AM7/10/11
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Plectranthus amboinicus (syn: Coleus aromaticus), grown as foliage plant in Delhi. Photographed from Herbal Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Delhi

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Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089
http://people.du.ac.in/~singhg45/

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Farida Abraham

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Jul 10, 2011, 7:48:24 AM7/10/11
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is this not the ajwain plant? i use the leaves to make very tasty pakodas  also used sometimes as a tea for colds??? FA
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Gurcharan Singh

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Jul 10, 2011, 9:59:48 AM7/10/11
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Yes Fardida ji the leaves the plant is often known as a ajwain in nurseries, but in reality it smells like oregano (also uploaded by me today)
The real ajwain is, however, a member of Apiaceae (umbelliferae), trachyspermum copticum, (ajwain, ajowan caraway, carom seeds), whose fruits form the common spice in India. 


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Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089
http://people.du.ac.in/~singhg45/ 
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