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(kō`lēəs), common name for a genus of plants with large colorful leaves native to tropical Asia and Africa. Several species are grown as ornamentals. Plants of the genus Coleus are in the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
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a genus of plants of the family Labiatae. They are primarily perennial herbs or subshrubs with opposite leaves. The flowers, which are blue or lilac, small, and verticillastrate, are gathered into compound inflorescences. There are approximately 150 species, distributed in the tropics of the eastern hemisphere. Some species, such as Coleus parviflorus and C. edulis, have starchy tubers and are cultivated for food in tropical Africa and Asia. Many species are ornamental. Some have beautiful blossoms (C. frederici, C. thyrsoides, and C. shirensis); others have velvety reddish or brownish leaves that sometimes have a design or border. The hybrid varieties C. blumei and C. rehneltianus, with variegated leaves, are cultivated in greenhouses and are common house plants.

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Related Family Members in Book: Lavandula, Mentha, Molucella, Monarda, Perovskia, Physostegia, Rosmarinus, Solenostemon, Stachys, and Thymus
Related Family Members in Book: Lavandula, Leonotis, Melissa, Molucello, Monordo, Ocimum, Perovskia, Physostegio, Rosmorinus, Salvia, Solenostemon, Stachys and Thymus
Zakariah, "Agronomic performance and pests of frafra potato (Solenostemon rotendifolius) in the Sudan savannah of Ghana," Tropical Science, vol.
At first the plant of Black Solenostemon scutellarioides or locally name hati-hati hitam was collected at Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.
An A5 yielding inulinase was originally isolated from Black Solenostemon scutellarioides.
Related Family Members in Book: Lavandula, Leonotis, Mentha, Molucello, Monordo, Ocimum, Perovskia, Physostegia, Rosmarinus, Solenostemon, Stachys, and Thymus
Related Family Members in Book: Lavandula, Leonotis, Melissa, Mentha, Molucella, Monarda, Origanum, Perovskia, Physostegia, Rosmarinus, Salvia, Solenostemon, Stachys, and Thymus
Alternatively, aim to capture the warmth and hot shades of late summer with terracotta pots filled with rustcoloured coleus (solenostemon), red geraniums or fuchsias, golden-leaved sedge Evergold, euonymus Emerald 'n' Gold and masses of marigolds.
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Also known as coleus, the Asian solenostemon is unsurpassed for adding intense, hot colour to tropicalthemed displays.