Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum sanctum, Holy Basil, Tulasi, Tulsi.

Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum sanctum, Holy Basil, Tulasi, Tulsi. Called Tulasi or Tulsi, the name of the consort of Vishnu, a plant held sacred in Hindu traditions, commonly cultivated in India in courtyards and temples. Many medicinal uses are recorded, but today it is mostly regarded as an adaptogen. Widely distributed in Malaysia, India, various Pacific Islands, Africa and Latin America. A tell-tale identification feature is that the nutlets (achenes) are not mucilaginous when in contact with water, unlike most species of basil.

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