Ocimum basilicum L.

Basil, Sweet basil


Ocimum basilicum

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Ocimum basilicum L. - (Basil, sweet basil)

Annual herb of the Pea family -Leguminosae- up to 1 m. Erect stems, round below, squared above. Ovate or lanceolate leaves, opposite till 5 cm long, long petiolated, darker above, very odorous. Flowers grouped in spikes, loose verticils with 6 flowers each. Calyx with 6 lobes, edge-ciliated. White or pink corolla, stamens white. Upper lip with 4 lobes, lower one undivided. Garden plant, native from India.

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