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Family: Lamiaceae

Scientific name: Leucas martinicensis

Authority: (Jacq.) R. Br.

Synonyms: Clinopodium martinicense Jacq., Leucas martinicensis (Jacq.) R.Br., Leucas martinicensis (Jacq.) R. Br.

Zulu name: amandetshi

Other names: bobbin weed, mosquito plant, tumbleweed, white wort (English) kruisement, tolbossie, waaibossie (Afrikaans)

Plant description: L. martinicensis is an aromatic annual herb that grows to about 1 m in height. It has oval-shaped opposite leaves with toothed margins, small white flowers, and dark brown nutlets. The plant has a mint-like aroma that is found in various parts of Asia and Africa.

In Northern Nigeria, the plant is known as the mosquito plant because it is used as a mosquito repellant.


  • The leaves are used to make an infusion to stimulate poor appetite.
  • The leaves are used to treat feverish conditions in children. 
  • The leaves are used to make a decoction against roundworms in children.
  • The plant is used to treat feverish conditions in children.
  • The leaves are used to make an infusion that is taken to stimulate poor appetite.
  • The plant is used to treat hypogalactia, a low supply of milk in lactating mothers.
  • The leaves are used to make a decoction that is used to treat inflammation and rheumatism
  • The plant is used to treat respiratory ailments, such as asthma and fever.
  • The plant is used to relieve pain and treat painful menstruations.
  • The plant is used to treat convulsions and epilepsy.
  • The plant is taken to prevent diarrhoea.
  • The leaves are used to treat snake bites.
  • The leaves are crushed and applied topically to wounds, sores, and scabies.
  • The plant is used as an insecticide, to repel mosquitoes.
  • The flowers and leaves are used to make essential oils that are used to make lotions, creams, soap, shampoos, gargles, etc.

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References and further reading: 

  • Chouhan, H.S. and Singh, S.K., 2011. A review of plants of genus Leucas. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, 3(3), pp.13-26.
  • Das, S. N., Patro, V. J., and Dinda, S. C. (2012). A review: Ethnobotanical survey of genus Leucas. Pharmacognosy Reviews, 6(12), pp.100.
  • Gelfand, M., Mavi, S., Drummond, R.B. and Ndemera, B., 1985. The Traditional Medical Practitioner in Zimbabwe. Mambo Press, Zimbabwe.
  • Gerstner, J., 1941. A preliminary checklist Zulu names of plants with short notes. Bantu Studies.
  • Regina, K.M.M., Adama, H., Jeanne, M. and Odile, N., 2015. Ethnobotany and Ethnopharmacognosy of Lamiaceae Species from Central Burkina Faso: Leucas martinicensis (Jacquin) R. Brown, Hoslundia opposita Vahl and Orthosiphon pallidus Royle Ex Benth. Am J Ethnomed, 2(4), pp.219-32.
  • Tapera, M., Tarwireyi, F. and Matebesi, D., 2017. Preliminary phytochemical screening of Conyza albida and Leucas martinicensis herbs of Mashonaland province, Zimbabwe.
  • Ugwah-Oguejiofor, C.J., Eze, U.A., Bello, S.O., Etuk, E.U., Ameh, G.I. and Ugwah, O.M., 2015. Anticonvulsant and sedative activities of aqueous leave extract of Leucas martinicensis (Jacq.) R. Br. Nigerian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 23(2), pp.87-91.

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