Plectranthus scutellarioides (PROSEA)

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Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R.Br.

Protologue: Prodr.: 506 (1810).


  • Coleus atropurpureus Benth. (1830),
  • Coleus scutellarioides (L.) Benth. (1830),
  • Coleus blumei Benth. (1832),
  • Solenostemon scutellarioides (L.) Codd (1975).

Vernacular names

  • Painted nettle (En)
  • Indonesia: jawer kotok (Sundanese), kentangan (Javanese), adang-adang (Palembang, Sumatra)
  • Malaysia: daun ati-ati, ati-ati merah, ati-ati besar (Peninsular).
  • Papua New Guinea: jangata (Morawaka, Eastern Highlands), jeune (Agenehembo, Northern Province), okavu (Kami, Eastern Highlands)
  • Philippines: badiara, malaina, mayana (general)
  • Thailand: ruese phasom laeo (central), waan lueat haeng (Chiang Mai)
  • Vietnam: tiá tô tây.


India, Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, southern China, Taiwan, Thailand, throughout Malesia, the Solomon Islands, northern Australia and Polynesia; often cultivated, also outside this region.


The roots of P. scutellarioides are used internally in the Moluccas to treat diarrhoea and colic, and the leaves as anthelmintic and to treat urinary complaints, whereas sap is squeezed into the eye in the case of eye injury, and rubbed on swellings. Elsewhere in Indonesia the sap or a decoction is used as an abortivum and emmenagogue, and to treat haemorrhoids, inflamed eyes and boils. In Malaysia, a decoction of the leaves is used to stimulate digestion, as a sedative, to treat dyspepsia and congestion of the liver, and externally against swellings, smallpox and ophthalmia. Fresh leaves are applied in the Philippines externally or in cataplasm to bruises and contusions, and to treat headache. In Papua New Guinea, young leaves are baked and squeezed whilst hot onto fresh cuts and sores. P. scutellarioides is commonly cultivated for its ornamental purplish foliage.


  • An erect or ascending, branched perennial herb up to 150 cm tall, non-tuberous.
  • Leaves generally ovate, 1-15 cm × 1-10 cm, membranaceous.
  • Flowers in lax verticillasters or in irregularly branched cymes disposed in simple or branched thyrses, calyx 2-lipped, corolla about 8-13(-18) mm long, blue or violet with whitish tube.
  • Nutlets broadly ovoid or globose, 1-1.2 mm long, shining, brown.

P. scutellarioides occurs in all kinds of habitats, from rain forest to cropped fields and thickets, and from the lowland to 2900 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • [140] Bell, J.M. & van Houten, A.S., 1993. The medicinal plants of Central Seram. In: Edwards, I.D., MacDonald, A.A. & Proctor, J. (Editors): The natural history of Seram. Intercept, Andover, United Kingdom. pp. 207-230.
  • [202] Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. Revised reprint. 2 volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vol. 1 (A-H) pp. 1-1240. Vol. 2 (I-Z) pp. 1241-2444.
  • [292] Cramer, L.H., 1981. Lamiaceae (Labiatae). In: Dassanayake, M.D. & Fosberg, F.R. (Editors): A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. Vol. 3. Amerind Publishing Co., New Delhi, India. pp. 108-194.
  • [332] de Padua, L.S., Lugod, G.C. & Pancho, J.V., 1977-1983. Handbook on Philippine medicinal plants. 4 volumes. Documentation and Information Section, Office of the Director of Research, University of the Philippines at Los Baños, the Philippines.
  • [471] Garcia, L.L., Cosme, L.L., Peralta, H.R. & Garcia, B.M., 1973. Phytochemical investigation of Coleus blumei Benth. I. Preliminary studies of the leaves. Philippine Journal of Science 102(1-2): 1-12.
  • [472] Garcia, L.L., Takahashi, M. & Sato, T., 1978. Phytochemical investigation of Coleus blumei Benth. II. Identification of the sterol and hydrocarbon constituents. Philippine Journal of Science 107(1-2): 95-102.
  • [477] Gertlowski, C. & Petersen, M., 1993. Influence of the carbon source on growth and rosmarinic acid production in suspension cultures of Coleus blumei. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 34(2): 183-190.
  • [580] Heyne, K., 1950. De nuttige planten van Indonesië [The useful plants of Indonesia]. 3rd Edition. 2 volumes. W. van Hoeve, 's-Gravenhage, the Netherlands/Bandung, Indonesia. 1660 + CCXLI pp.
  • [628] Huang, T.-C. & Cheng, W.-T., 1978. Labiatae. In: Li, H.-L., Liu, T,-S., Huang, T.-C., Koyama, T. & DeVol, C.E. (Editors): Flora of Taiwan. Vol. 4. Epoch Publishing Co., Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. pp. 439-529.
  • [720] Keng, H., 1978. Labiatae. In: van Steenis, C.G.G.J. (General editor): Flora Malesiana. Series 1, Vol. 8. Sijthoff & Noordhoff International Publishers, Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. pp. 301-394.
  • [1114] Park, C.-H. & Martinez, B.C., 1992. Enhanced release of rosmarinic acid from Coleus blumei permeabilized by dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) while preserving cell viability and growth. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 40(4): 459-464.
  • [1126] Perry, L.M., 1980. Medicinal plants of East and Southeast Asia. Attributed properties and uses. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States & London, United Kingdom. 620 pp.
  • [1129] Petersen, M., Szabo, E., Meinhard, J., Karwatzki, B., Gertlowski, C., Kempin, B. & Fuss, E., 1995. Biosynthesis and accumulation of rosmarinic acid in suspension cultures of Coleus blumei. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 43(2): 89-92.
  • [1178] Quisumbing, E., 1978. Medicinal plants of the Philippines. Katha Publishing Co., Quezon City, the Philippines. 1262 pp.
  • [1310] Serrame, E. & Lim-Sylianco, C.Y., 1995. Anti-tumor promoting activity of decoctions and expressed juices from Philippine medicinal plants. Philippine Journal of Science 124(3): 275-281.

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