Perilla L.

Perilla is a genus of 6-7 poorly distinguished species (a single, variable species according to some authors, for instance Shu 1994), native to Asia (India to Japan). One species, Perilla frutescens, is often cultivated as an oil crop or, less frequently, as an ornamental.


Shu Y.M.C. (1994) Perilla. In: Wu Z.Y. & Raven P.H. (eds.), Flora of China, vol. 17. Science Press, Beijing & Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis: 243-244. [available online at:]

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith