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Daniel Gotz 11:42am, 20 February 2015
Unidentified by Daniel Gotz


I Have bought this plant in São Paulo, Brazil, and it was tagged like an "Erva Cidreira", actually a melissa officinalis. But we all know that melissa officinalis doesn't look like this, right? :) Melissa officinalis has 2 leaves per this one has three, among other differences.

It indeed does smell like a melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm), but it has many characteristics that are very different. The smell is subtle, refined and the leaves have a completely different shape.

It doesn't like water, mostly a dry and drainable soil. It is indeed a herb, but I couldn't identify it, even searching on most available online databases for it's basic characteristics. I also thought it could be a Verbena (Vervain) but all verbenas I found were also opposite, but this one is whorled (verticillate). The larger leaves measure a little more than one inch, somewhat close to 3cm.

Any help would be great! Thanks!
greggys stuff PRO 3 years ago
Looks like Aloysia citriodora otherwise known as Aloysia triphylla.
Daniel Gotz 3 years ago
greggys stuff: This indeed looks like it, I think you got it! Thanks.
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