Basilicum polystachyon (L.) Moench
Moench, C. (1802) Methodus Plantas Horti Botanici et Agri Marburgensis, Suppl. : 143.
Usually flowers and fruits as an erect herb but occasionally exceeds a height of 1 m.
Twigs 4-angled in transverse section. Leaf blades about 15-50 x 5-35 mm, glandular and hairy on both the upper and lower surfaces.
Inflorescences about 3-6 cm long. Pedicels about 1-2 mm long. Calyx about 1.5-2 mm long, pubescent, hairs pale, glands yellow, globular. Corolla about 2-2.5 mm long, corolla lobes with yellow, globular glands on the outer surface. Anther cells +/- divaricate and the slits +/- continuous. Ovary on a glandular disk. Ovules 4 in each ovary with no sign of axile partitions. Style attached to the base of the ovaries. Stigma 2-lobed (or stigmas two).
Features not available.
The plant is aromatic; it belongs to the mint family, and is closely allied to coleus and basil. Cribb (1981).