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Family: LAMIACEAE 

 Plectranthus esculentus
 

Photo by Paul Latham.

 

  
Author:  Nicholas Edward Brown 1894
Family:  Lamiaceae
Habitat:  Angola, Congo, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia
Soil:  Mix - Rich
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  5 centimetres
Height:  90 centimetres
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings/Tubers
Pop names:  Kaffir Potato, Ringer Potato, Dazokartoffel, Livingstone potato
Synonyms:  Coleus langouassiensis A. Chev 1905. Coleus dazo, A. Chev. 1905. Plectranthus floribundus, Nicholas Edward Brown
Might now be: Coleus esculentus, G. Taylor 1931

Photo by Paul Latham.

   This member of the Lamiaceae family was given this name by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1894. It is found in Angola, Congo, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia, growing in a slightly rich and well drained soil with some water and some sun. The tubers can grow to five centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres long. The plant will grow to 90 centimetres height and bear bright yellow flowers.