Red Java Tea
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Red Java Tea
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Red Java Tea • Nepali: रातपाते Raatpaate • Telugu: nela thappidi, poda thulasi
Botanical name: Orthosiphon rubicundus    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Ocimum tuberosum, Plectranthus rubicundus

Red Java Tea is a medicinal plant native to India. It is a perennial herb with erect stem, up to 50 cm tall. The base of the stem is woody. Leaf blade ovate-lanceolate, papery, margin coarsely serrate except at base. Sepals are fused and tubular, 5.5×2 mm, purple-red; upper lip circular, 2 mm wide, teeth of lower lip needlelike, anterior teeth longer. Flower tube white, 1.1 cm; upper lip 4×4 mm; lower lip oblong, 3.5×3 mm. Stamens slightly protruding out from throat. Nutlets brown, nearly spherical, 1.7 mm in diameter. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Matheran, Maharashtra.

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