Ocimum tenuiflorum L.

Holy Basil

Aromatic woody herb to about 1 m tall. Leaves elliptic, to about 3 cm long, 2 cm wide, hairy, margin saw-toothed, stalked. Flowers with the corolla pink or white. [O. sanctum L.]

India, Malaysia

Naturalised in the NT.

A medicinal and culinary herb in Asia; sometimes used as an antimalarial agent; widely grown in Indian gardens and a sacred plant of the Hindus which is used in religious ceremonies.

Source: Spencer, R.; Holmes, R.; McNaughton, V. (2002). Lavandula. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Ocimum L.