Orthosiphon aristatus

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Orthosiphon aristatus
Orthosiphon aristatus in Kadavoor.jpg
Scientific classification
O. aristatus
Binomial name
Orthosiphon aristatus
  • Ocimum aristatum Blume
  • Trichostema spirale Lour., rejected name
  • Clerodendrum spicatum Thunb
  • Ocimum grandiflorum Blume 1826 not Lam. 1785
  • Orthosiphon stamineus Benth.
  • Orthosiphon spiralis (Lour.) Merr.
  • Clerodendranthus stamineus (Benth.) Kudô
  • Orthosiphon velteri Doan
  • Orthosiphon spicatus (Thunb.) Backer, Bakh.f. & Steenis 1950 not Benth. 1848
  • Orthosiphon tagawae Murata
  • Clerodendranthus spicatus (Thunb.) C.Y.Wu

Orthosiphon aristatus is a plant species in the family of Lamiaceae / Labiatae. The plant is a medicinal herb found mainly throughout southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia and tropical Queensland.[1][2][3][4] It is known as kumis kucing in Indonesia and misai kucing in Malaysia. In the US it may be commonly known as cat's whiskers or Java tea.

Orthosiphon aristatus is used in landscaping to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to its nectar.[5]

  1. Orthosiphon aristatus var. aristatus - most of species range
  2. Orthosiphon aristatus var. velteri Suddee & A.J.Paton - Vietnam


  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Tanaka, N., Koyama, T. & Murata, J. (2005). The flowering plants of Mt. Popa, central Myanmar - Results of Myanmar-Japanese joint expeditions, 2000-2004. Makinoa 5: 1-102.
  3. ^ Suddee, S., Paton, A.J. & Parnell, J.A.N. (2005). Taxonomic Revision of the tribe Ocimeae Dumort (Lamiaceae) in continental South East Asia III. Ociminae. Kew Bulletin 60: 3-75.
  4. ^ Khanam, M. & Hassan, M.A. (2008). Lamiaceae. Flora of Bangladesh 58: 1-161. Bangladesh National Herbarium, Dhaka.
  5. ^ Cat's Whiskers Plant Excellent For Attracting Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds To Home Landscape

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