Aloysia citriodora

 
Small shrub reaching 3 m with lanceolate leaves 5-8 cm long, in whorls or 3-4, entire or slightly toothed in middle, with glandular dots beneath, lemon scented; flowers small white, 4-5 mm across, in spikes forming whorls, axillary or in panicles.
 
 

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Verbenaceae shrub for ID 300411MK2: Please help to identify this Verbenaceae shrub. Local people use the leaves for decoction in tea for flavour. Highly aromatic plant.
Date/Time- 09-04-2011 / 04:30 PM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.2000asl; Kotagiri, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- garden
Plant Habit-shrub
Height/Length- 1 - 2 m long
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- ca.8 x 1 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- raceme of 15 cm long
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- white; c 1 x 0.5cm
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not observed 

Aloysia triphylla. Cultivated (espl. in high altitudes) for leaves used as tea.
Many thanks everyone for the identification of this Lemon-verbena plant. This plant is useful as a lemon flavour in Tea, fish etc. 
This can be narrowed down to Aloysia triphylla (L'Herit.) Britton of Verbenaceae. Native of Brazil and Argentina. 
Common name: Lemon beebush

But Aloysia triphylla (L'Herit.) Britton seems to be illegitimate name as per Missouri Botanic Gardens here:
'The Plant List' doesn't say so: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-6952
I don't think there should be any confusion. According to KEW Plant List it is synonym of Aloysia citridora Palau
According to Tropicos the plant is synonym of Aloysia citridora Palau as per Zuloaga, F. O. 1997. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de la Argentina. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 74(1-2): 1–1331. whereas it is synonym of Lippia triphylla (L'Her.) Kuntze according to Macbride, J. F. 1960. Verbenaceae, Flora of Peru. Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 13(5/2): 609–721. 
Of the two former is more recent publication (1997). This plus KEW Plant list should settle A. citridora Palau as correct name for the plant. 
 
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Aloysia citriodora Palau, Parte Pract. Bot. 1: 768 1784. syn: A. triphylla (L'Her.) Britt.; Lippia triphylla (L'Her.) Kuntze; Lippia citriodora HBK
Common name: Lemon verbena
Small shrub reaching 3 m with lanceolate leaves 5-8 cm long, in whorls or 3-4, entire or slightly toothed in middle, with glandular dots beneath, lemon scented; flowers small white, 4-5 mm across, in spikes forming whorls, axillary or in panicles.
Photographed from Herbal Garden below Cheshma Shahi, Srinagar Kashmir,
Identification credit: ... (from Facegroup Group Medicinal Plants of Kashmir Himaliya)
Tea prepared from its leaves is really very tasty and also medicinal.
 
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Aloysia citriodora Palau, Parte Pract. Bot. 1: 768 1784. syn: A. triphylla (L'Her.) Britt.; Lippia triphylla (L'Her.) Kuntze; Lippia citriodora HBK
Common name: Lemon verbena
Small shrub reaching 3 m with lanceolate leaves 5-8 cm long, in whorls or 3-4, entire or slightly toothed in middle, with glandular dots beneath, lemon scented; flowers small white, 4-5 mm across, in spikes forming whorls, axillary or in panicles.
Photographed from Herbal Garden below Cheshma Shahi, Srinagar Kashmir,
Identification credit: ... (from Facegroup Group Medicinal Plants of Kashmir Himaliya) 
very nice, ... this fortnight I have been waiting for this one in its flowering avatar. thanks. now i need to save these pictures
we use the leaves of this plant for preparing herbal Tea.
me too. even just one leaf does the the trick. ummm
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Aloysia citriodora AT MAR 2017/13 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Aloysia citriodora
Syn: A. triphylla, Lippia triphylla, L. citriodora
Common name: Lemon verbena
Shimla
Cultivated
Nov 2016
Use: It is a highly scented shrub that can be used to prepare a very
tasty herbal and medicinal tea.





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