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. Last Changed: 04-Jun-2010
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

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:



  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya
    • South Tropical Africa: Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar ; Mauritius
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Thailand
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia


  • Dyer, R. A. et al., eds. Flora of southern Africa. (F SAfr)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Flach, M. & F. Rumawas, eds. 1996. Plants yielding non-seed carbohydrates (Pl Res SEAs) 9:141-143.
  • Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  • Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. Flora malesiana. (F Males)
  • 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.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)


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