Pogostemon

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Pogostemon
Pogostemon cablin 001.jpg
Pogostemon cablin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Pogostemon
Desf.
Synonyms[1]
  • Wensea J.C.Wendl.
  • Dysophylla Blume
  • Chotekia Opiz & Corda
  • Eusteralis Raf.
  • Dysophylla El Gazzar & L.Watson ex Airy Shaw 1967 not Blume 1826
  • Anuragia Raizada illegitimate name

Pogostemon is a large genus from the family Lamiaceae, first described as a genus in 1815. It is native to warmer parts of Asia, Africa, and Australia.[1]

The best known member of this genus is Patchouli, Pogostemon cablin, widely cultivated in Asia for its scented foliage, used for perfume, incense, insect repellent, etc.[2]

Selected species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Leung A, Foster S Encyclopedia of common natural ingredients used in food, drugs and cosmetics John Wiley and Sons 1996