Medicinal Plant?

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  1. Bobs

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    We received the following correspondence with the photo:

    Hi, I like to know the name of this plant. I serve as a case manager for an individual who currently receives mental health services from me. He has been growing this plant to use for herbal remedy purposes. He along with I wanted to know the name of this plant. Please help.
     

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    I don't have anything to suggest, but I don't think the leaf veining on the khat suggestion matches very well.

    Is this plant being grown indoors?
     
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    Would like more pics please.
    Idea of size scale
    Side view of flower.
    Whole plant...is it a tree?

    Leaves very silver underneath.
     
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    I'll try to get more photos. The photo and ID request came to Ask Extension Ask Extension so we don't have direct contact with the correspondent. Thanks.
     
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    Here is another photo. Seems to confirm Spilanthes as wcutler suggested. Thanks.
     

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    Thanks for the follow-up posting with that reassuring photo. I was looking to see where I suggested that! The PlantNet site doesn't use the name Spilanthes and the Wikipedia page first uses it in the Medicinal Uses section (all the species are listed as S. something, without having even mentioned the genus name they were using) and in the references. It's not listed as a common name or synonym. Someone mentioned the need for editing over two years ago on the Wikipedia Talk page. I don't think I should be the one to add or correct a name I just learned about ten minutes ago.
     
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    Wendy you are into nomenclature in ways that are beyond my expertise. I admit to checking out when I encounter plants that seem to have more than one scientific name. You don't do that. Thanks.
     
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    Oh, I wasn't suggesting you should do it, either! I was only explaining why I was surprised that I was credited with the ID, even after going to the Wikipedia link.
     

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