Common name: Cat’s Whiskers, Java Tea, Kidney Tea Plant • Manipuri: ৱাৰক লৈখাম Warak Leikham • Mizo: Zunthlum-kung

Diffusely branched perennial herbs. Leaves 3-6.5 x 1.2- 3.5 cm, rhomboid to ovate-deltoid, base cuneate, margins serrate from about the middle upwards, apex acute, glandular-punctate beneath. Recemes 8-16 cm long; verticils lax; peduncle strigulose with purplish hairs. Bracts c.1 x 2 mm, broadly ovate. Calyx tube to 3 mm long, 10-nerved; upper lip to 3 mm long, broadly ovate, purplish; lower lip longer. Corolla white, tomentose without; tube 1-1.5 cm long; upper lip orbicular; lower lip as long as upper, boat-shaped. Stamens exserted; filaments to 3 cm long. Nutlets c. 2 mm long, ovoid-oblong. 

Flowering and fruiting: September-December 
Moist deciduous forests, also in the plains 



Plant for ID ?Clerodendron17/12/09 SMP2 : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Seen on way back from Munnar to Kochi. Dec 2009
Small herb 3 feet.

Orthosiphon grandiflorus commonly known in Malayalam as Poochameesa

Orthosiphon stamineus
Munnar to Kochi road




uttarakhand uid1 19102011: Sending photos of Orthosiphon sp. pls help in validation
Date/Time-september 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand (probably introduced)
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length- About 1 mt tall
Leaves Type/Shape/ Size-
Flowers Size/Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-
Fruits Type/Shape/ Size Seeds- As in photograph




Orthosiphon aristatus (Family : Lamiaceae).
Cat’s whiskers.
Photographed on 22 Aug 2011 from near Trivandrum.
Garden shrub.
Leaves opposite, with toothed margins.
Stem and petiole violetish. Stem quandrangular.
Racemose inflorescence. Long stamens.

Will go for the same



for id request 121112 BRS: Mixed thread: 2 images.

Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.

Date: 08.11.12
location: TNAU garden
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Shrub

Orthosiphon aristatus (Blume) Miq.



Fwd: Identification : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
A friend requests identification of this flower from Indonesia, at least genus level please, if possible?

Lamiaceae. Ocimum species ?

Most probably Orthosiphon grandiflorus



ARJUL43 Lamiaceae for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

Bangalore July 2014

Orthosiphon aristatus.

There seems to be some confusion in your first picture as it does not appear to be of Orthosiphon aristatus (Blume) Miq. as per images herein.
It is being shown against Orthosiphon thymiflorus in Flowersofindia. but this also does not match with images at Orthosiphon thymiflorus (Roth) Sleesen 
Pl. check & confirm.




Sharing the images of Orthosiphon stamineus from Coimbatore. 




Orthosiphon aristatus (Blume) Miq. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5) – around 500 kb each.
Location: Hong Kong Park  
Date: 15 August 2018
Elevation: 200 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Syn : Clerodendranthus spicatus (Thunb.) C.Y.Wu

very nice. grows in india too. FOI has it

Thank you … Yes, FoI has it.



Orthosiphon aristatus : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Orthosiphon aristatus
Just outside the gates of Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkad, near Kothamangalam, Kerala
First week of October 2018

Orthosiphon aristatus (Blume) Miq. : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 5 Mb.
Location : Sentosa , Singapore
Date : 18 October 2012
Altitude  131 m.
Habit : Cultivated 

Attachments (1)- 6 Mb. 




02112019EPT16 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)- around 400 kb each. 
A herbal plant with beautiful white flowers, about 3 feet height, at my roof garden grown in a pot.                       
Orthosiphon aristatus ?
Location : Chennai outskirts 

Date : 02.11.19
Elevation : 23 mts.

Looks matching !

cat’s whiskers
Orthosiphon aristatus
I saw it in Hawaaii bot garden a few years ago.
Java tea, supposedly a good tea
this link has this  following write up:
I quote:  “Food (Herb and Spice)
Medicinal (It is mainly taken to stimulate urination.
According to Indonesian and Malaysian folk medicine, bladder or kidney pain, gout, rheumatism and arteriosclerosis can be treated by drinking a decoction of leaves boiled in water. In Vietnamese folk medicine, a plant infusion is used to treat influenza, hepatits, rheumatism, jaundice and fever, as well as stimulating urination. In India, this plant is used to treat diabetes in combination with the herb Andrographis paniculata.)”
MY question: is it planted or growing on its own? what kind of grounds?



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