Verbenaceae shrub for ID 300411MK2

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Muthu Karthick

30 Apr 2011, 3:38:58 am30/04/11
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Dear all,
Please help to identify this Verbenaceae shrub. Local people use the leaves for decoction in tea for flavour. Highly aromatic plant.


09-04-2011 / 04:30 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GP

ca.2000asl; Kotagiri, TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- 


Plant Habit-



1 - 2 m long

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 

ca.8 x 1 cm

Inflorescence Type/ Size- 

raceme of 15 cm long

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 

white; c 1 x 0.5cm

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- 

not observed

Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- 

Muthu Karthick, N
Care Earth Trust
#15, second main road,
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Chennai - 600 061
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Nidhan Singh

30 Apr 2011, 12:27:57 pm30/04/11
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Muthu Ji,

Is it not a Buddleja species? may be Buddleja davidii?


Dr. Nidhan Singh
Department of Botany
I.B. (PG) College
Panipat-132103 Haryana
Ph.: 09416371227

Ushadi micromini

30 Apr 2011, 8:38:17 pm30/04/11
to efloraofindia
I do not think this is buddleja...
usha di

Gurcharan Singh

30 Apr 2011, 10:23:41 pm30/04/11
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Not B. davidii, at least

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
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30 Apr 2011, 11:50:54 pm30/04/11
to Gurcharan Singh, Ushadi micromini, efloraofindia
Aloysia triphylla. Cultivated (espl. in high altitudes) for leaves used as tea.
Vijayasankar Raman
National Center for Natural Products Research
University of Mississippi

Muthu Karthick

2 May 2011, 3:40:25 am02/05/11
to Vijayasankar, Gurcharan Singh, Ushadi micromini, efloraofindia
Many thanks everyone for the identification of this Lemon-verbena plant. This plant is useful as a lemon flavour in Tea, fish etc. 

This can be narrowed down to Aloysia triphylla (L'Herit.) Britton of Verbenaceae. Native of Brazil and Argentina. 
Common name: Lemon beebush

Muthu Karthick

2 May 2011, 3:59:56 am02/05/11
to Vijayasankar, Gurcharan Singh, Ushadi micromini, efloraofindia
But Aloysia triphylla (L'Herit.) Britton seems to be illegitimate name as per Missouri Botanic Gardens here:

'The Plant List' doesn't say so:

Gurcharan Singh

2 May 2011, 4:20:27 am02/05/11
to Muthu Karthick, Vijayasankar, Ushadi micromini, efloraofindia
Muthu ji
I don't think there should be any confusion. According to KEW Plant List it is synonym of Aloysia citridora Palau

According to Tropicos the plant is synonym of Aloysia citridora Palau as per Zuloaga, F. O. 1997. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de la Argentina. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 74(1-2): 1–1331. whereas it is synonym of Lippia triphylla (L'Her.) Kuntze according to Macbride, J. F. 1960. Verbenaceae, Flora of Peru. Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 13(5/2): 609–721.

Of the two former is more recent publication (1997). This plus KEW Plant list should settle A. citridora Palau as correct name for the plant.
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