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LeonURUS ssp. not Leonotis ssp.)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Leonotis
Species: L. nepetifolia
Binomial name
Leonotis nepetifolia
(L.) R.Br.

Leonotis nepetifolia, also known as Klip Dagga, is a species of plant in the Leonotis genus and the Lamiaceae (mint) family. While most other species in this genus are native to Southern Africa, L. nepetifolia is native to tropical Africa and southern India. It grows to a height of 3 metres and has whorls of striking lipped flowers, that are most commonly orange, but can vary to red, white, and purple. It has very soft serrated leaves that can grow up to 4 inches wide.


Related Species

L. nepetifolia (Klip Dagga) is related to L. leonurus (Wild Dagga or Lion's Tail.) The most noticeable difference between the two is the leaf shape. Leaves are *cordate* on L. nepetifolia (not as pictured in taxonomy box) and lanceolate on L. leonurus with serrated edges.

Medicinal use

L. nepetifolia is known in Trinidad as shandilay and the leaves are brewed as a tea for fever, coughs, womb prolapse and malaria.[1]


  1. ^ Mendes, John. 1986. Cote ce Cote la: Trinidad & Tobago Dictionary, Arima, Trinidad, p. 135.


External links

The following are for L. leonurus (the species are very similar in properties and use):


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Leonotis nepetifolia


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Lamioideae
Genus: Leonotis
Species: Leonotis nepetifolia


Leonotis nepetifolia (L.) R.Br.


  • W. T. Aiton, Hortus kew. ed. 2, 3:409. 1811
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]

Vernacular names

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