False Patchouli
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False Patchouli
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: False Patchouli, Indian patchouli, Java patchouli • Assamese: শুকলতি xukloti • Gujarati: સુગંધી પાનડી sugandhi panadi • Konkani: पात paat • Marathi: पाच pach • Tamil: கதிர்ப்பச்சை katir-p-paccai
Botanical name: Pogostemon heyneanus    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Pogostemon suavis

False Patchouli is an erect or ascending, branched, hairy herb 1-2 ft tall. Leaves are very aromatic, somewhat smooth, ovate, 5-11 cm long, toothed in the margins. Flowers are white, and borne in whorls on terminal and axillary spikes which are 6-25 cm long. Bracts are ovate or lanceolate, and equal to the calyx or a little shorter. Leaves yield a volatile oil.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Maharashtra.

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