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Taxon: Plectranthus rotundifolius (Poir.) Spreng.

Genus: Plectranthus
Family: Lamiaceae (alt.Labiatae)
Subfamily: Nepetoideae
Tribe: Ocimeae
Subtribe: Plectranthinae
Nomen number: 317408
Place of publication: Syst. veg. 2:690. 1825
Name Verified on: 04-Jun-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 04-Jun-2010
Species priority site is:
Accessions: (0 active, 0 available) in Australian Pastures Genebank


Common names:

  • Chinese-potato  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • country-potato  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • fra-fra-potato  (Source: Mansf Ency) - English
  • Hausa-potato  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • Madagascar-potato  (Source: Pl Res SEAs) - English
  • Salaga-potato  (Source: Mansf Ency) - English
  • Sudan-potato  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • pomme de terre du Madagascar  (Source: Pl Res SEAs) - French
  • pomme de terre du Soudan  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Hausakartoffel  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • koorka  (Source: Dict Rehm) - India
  • cóleus  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • patata de los Hausas  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • ratala  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Sri Lanka (Sinhala)

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: vegetable; vegetable

Distributional Range:


    • SOUTH TROPICAL AFRICA: Zambia, Zimbabwe
    • WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: Madagascar, Mauritius

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: India, Sri Lanka
    • INDO-CHINA: Thailand
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, Malaysia

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  1. Dyer, R. A. et al., eds. Flora of southern Africa. 1963- (F SAfr)
  2. Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  3. Flach, M. & F. Rumawas, eds. 1996. Plants yielding non-seed carbohydrates (Pl Res SEAs) 9:141-143.
  4. Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  5. Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. Flora malesiana. 1948- (F Males)
  6. Suddee, S. et al. 2004. A taxonomic revision of tribe Ocimeae Dumort. (Lamiaceae) in continental South East Asia II. Plectranthinae Kew Bull. 59:409-410.
  7. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. 1952- (F TE Afr)

Check other web resources for Plectranthus rotundifolius (Poir.) Spreng. :

  • On-line Flora of Zimbabwe:
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2021. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: http://apg.pir.sa.gov.au/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=317408. Accessed 28 October 2021.