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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 4/4/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 4/4/2013)
Genus Coleus Lour.
PlaceOfPublication Fl. Cochinch. 2: 372, 1790.
Description Herbs, half shrubs, or shrubs. Leaves opposite, simple, petiolate, pinnately- nerved. Inflorescences verticils, ca 6-flowered, or loose cymes arranged in panicles, racemes, or spikes, the bracts reflexed or deciduous. Flowers ? pedicellate; calyx campanulate, bilabiate, the upper lip 3-lobed, the middle lobe largest, the lateral lobes pointed or rounded, the lower lip 2-toothed or -lobed; corolla tubular, re- flexed, bilabiate, the upper lip 3-4-lobed, the lower lip boat-shaped or concave and entire; stamens 4, curved into the lower lip, monadelphous, sometimes weakly so, the short tube free from the corolla, the anthers with 2 functional thecae; ovary 4-lobed, the gynobase variously developed, sometimes as a nectary, the style gynobasic, bifid near the tip, the branches equal and acute. Nutlets ca 4, attached at the base, ovoid to ovoid-spherical, smooth.
Habit Herbs shrubs
Distribution Variously described as having 100-200- species, mostly in warmer regions of the old world. A single introduced species in Panama.
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