Simpleleaf chastetree

Vitex trifolia (Lamiaceae)

Characteristics

Large coastal shrub or small tree, less then 5 m tall. Stem covered by soft hairs. Leaves opposite, compound (composed of 3 linear leaflets which range between 1-12 cm in length). Upper surface of the leaves is green, lower surface grayish green. Flowers born in clusters up to 18 cm in length. Individual flowers purple to violet, two-lipped, approx. 5 mm long.

Distribution

Native along coastlines from tropical East Africa as far east as French Polynesia.

Natural Medical Properties

Did you know?

Simpleleaf chastetree is related (same family) to many herbs like basil, rosemary, mint etc.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species