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Herbs or subshrubs. Leaves petiolate or often subsessile or sessile, opposite. Cymes or racemes in spreading panicles, rarely simple. Calyx distinctly 2-lipped. Corolla 2-lipped, tube exserted, straight or decurved, equal or gibbous or often obtusely spurred at base, upper lip usually broad, 2 to 4-fid, recurved, much shorter than lower lip, entire, boat-shaped, usually narrow and stipitate at base. Stamens 4, didynamous, declinate, filaments free, not toothed, usually glabrous, anther cells usually confluent. Disk produced in front. Ovary 4-partite, styles slender, subequally 2-fid at tip. Nutlets 4, dry, orbicular, ovoid or oblong, smooth, granulate or punctate.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Leaves succulent, aromatic, not variation P. amboinicus
1b. Leaves membranous, non aromatic, much variegated P. scutellarioides