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Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Ocimum gratissimum

Basil








Typical mint family growth pattern
Plant TypeForb
Life CycleAnnual
Leaf TypeSimple
Leaf PatternOpposite
Wild/CultivatedCultivated
DescriptionBasil has square stems and opposite leaves typical of the Mint family, and also a distinctive smell when the foliage is crushed.
EdibilityNot only edible, but very a very commonly used spice.