Caryopteris Bunge


Greek karyon — nut, pteron — wing, referring to the winged fruit.

Deciduous shrubs and herbs. Leaves opposite, simple, ovate to linear, entire or toothed, aromatic when crushed. Flower clusters axillary or terminal, rarely solitary, flat-topped or branched. Flowers blue or lavender. Corolla with 5 lobes and a short tube. Stamens 4, protruding, attached above the centre of the tube. Fruit forming 4 nutlets.

Seed or softwood cuttings.

Flowers irregular, fruit small, dry.

7 species from E Asia.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Verbenaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hero image
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Caryopteris √óclandonensis Rehder