Perilla frutescens (Perilla, Beefsteak mint, Chinese basil, Shiso-zoku, PERFR) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-110308 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

last updated: 09 May 2016
Organism information
Perilla frutescens
Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Eudicots
Class Asterids
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Perilla
Species frutescens
  • Perilla ocymoides
  • Perilla ocimoides
  • Perilla nankinensis
  • Perilla
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  • Beefsteak mint
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  • Chinese basil
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  • Shiso-zoku
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  • PERFR
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Ornamentals
Domesticated
Characteristics related to biosafety
China.
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China, India.
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Wild species in mountain areas. The species is also widely cultivated and may be found n cultivation worldwide.
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China, India, Japan, Korea and South Asia. Also in cultivation elsewhere in the world.
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Perilla frutescens is widely used as a colorant and traditional medicine in Asia. Leaves are also used as a food. Reports of toxicity are restricted to livestock where excess grazing of the plant has been associated with a typical interstitial pneumonia or acute bovine pulmonary emphysema. The rosmarinic acid found in Perilla frutescens actually exhibits an anti-allergenic effect. No allergenicity is known.
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  • Ornamental
  • Food
Additional Information
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