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Taxon: Plectranthus rotundifolius (Poir.) Spreng.

Genus: Plectranthus
Family: Lamiaceae (alt.Labiatae)
Subfamily: Nepetoideae
Tribe: Ocimeae
Subtribe: Plectranthinae
Nomen number: 317408
Place of publication: Syst. veg. 2:690. 1825
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 04-Jun-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 4 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

  • Chinese-potato  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • country-potato  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • fra-fra-potato  (Source: Mansf Ency) - English
  • Hausa-potato  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • Madagascar-potato  (Source: Pl Res SEAs) - English
  • Salaga-potato  (Source: Mansf Ency) - English
  • Sudan-potato  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • pomme de terre du Madagascar  (Source: Pl Res SEAs) - French
  • pomme de terre du Soudan  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Hausakartoffel  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • koorka  (Source: Dict Rehm) - India
  • cóleus  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • patata de los Hausas  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • ratala  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Sri Lanka (Sinhala)

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: vegetable (tuber fide Use Pl WT Afr, as Solenostemon rotundifolius; F Ceylon, as Coleus rotundifolius)

Distributional Range:


    • SOUTH TROPICAL AFRICA: Zambia (w.), Zimbabwe (e.)
    • WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: Madagascar, Mauritius

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: India, Sri Lanka
    • INDO-CHINA: Thailand
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, Malaysia

    Other (probable origin tropical Africa)


  1. Dyer, R. A. et al., eds. 1963-. Flora of southern Africa. Note: = Solenostemon rotundifolius (Poir.) J. K. Morton
  2. Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen
  3. Flach, M. & F. Rumawas, eds. 1996. Plants yielding non-seed carbohydrates. Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA) 9:141-143.
  4. Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6 Note: = Solenostemon rotundifolius (Poir.) J. K. Morton
  5. Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. 1948-. Flora malesiana.
  6. Suddee, S. et al. 2004. A taxonomic revision of tribe Ocimeae Dumort. (Lamiaceae) in continental South East Asia II. Plectranthinae. Kew Bull. 59:409-410.
  7. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952-. Flora of tropical East Africa.

Check other web resources for Plectranthus rotundifolius (Poir.) Spreng. :

  • On-line Flora of Zimbabwe:
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=317408. Accessed 23 July 2019.