Ocimum americanum var. americanum

Ocimum americanum var. americanum

(Hoary Basil, Lime Basil)

FAMILY

Lamiaceae

Species

Ocimum americanum var. americanum

Common name(s)

Hoary basil, Lime basil

Flower colour; life form

Flowers white to pale blue; erect herb to 50 cm

Distinguishing features

Erect plants, leaves opposite, all parts produce an aromatic smell when crushed. Distinguished from similar species by the fruiting calyx which has a dense cluster of hairs on the inside just above the nutlets and the upper lip is 2-3 mm long as against the common basil, O. basilicum where the upper lip is 4-6 mm long.

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