Five Spice (species: Plectranthus amboinicus) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Plectranthus amboinicus
Five Spice

©Anne Hoggett: Plectranthus amboinicus at Lizard Island. Thanks to Dr Paul Forster (Queensland Herbarium) for the identification.

©Anne Hoggett: Plectranthus amboinicus at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Plectranthus amboinicus at Lizard Island
Kingdom Plantae
Division Charophyta
Class Equisetopsida
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Plectranthus
Species Plectranthus amboinicus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Dr Paul Forster (Queensland Herbarium) notes (6 Feb 2017): "Plectranthus amboinicus originates from the old Transvaal in South Africa, but was traded early on by the Moors up through Zanzibar into southern Asia and ultimately the Moluccas. It was described from material collected on Ambon, hence the name. P. amboinicus is an adventive in a few spots in north Queensland, usually where people have camped repeatedly or where yachties come into get some land legs."

by Anne Hoggett


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