Plectranthus edulis

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Plectranthus edulis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Plectranthus
Species: P. edulis
Binomial name
Plectranthus edulis
(Vatke) Agnew

Plectranthus edulis, the Ethiopian potato,[1] known as Welayta dinich in Amharic, is a species of annual plant in the Lamiaceae family. It is indigenous to Ethiopia, where it is grown for its edible tubers. The tubers are cooked before they are eaten.[2]


  1. ^ Yeshitila Mekbib and Jens Weibull, "Local Customary Use and Management of Ethiopian Potato Plectranthus edulis (Vatke) Agnew in Sodo Zuria District, South Ethiopia", Ethnobotany Research and Applications, v. 10, p. 381-387, 2012. ISSN 1547-3465. Available at: Date accessed: 27 Jun. 2015. doi:10.17348/era.10.0.381-387
  2. ^ Zemede Asfaw, "Conservation and use of traditional vegetables in Ethiopia", Proceedings of the IPGRI International Workshop on Genetic Resources of Traditional Vegetables in Africa (Nairobi, 29-31 August 1995)