Calamintha Mill.


Greek kallis— beautiful, mintha — mint.

Perennial aromatic herbs, generally with woody rootstocks. Leaves ovate to oblong, stalked. Flower clusters in axillary, stalked cymes. Flowers with calyx tubular,13-nerved, 2-lipped,with 3 teeth on the upper lip, 2 on the lower. Corolla 2-lipped, the upper entire, lower 3-lobed, tube straight, stamens enclosed. Grown as a traditional herb garden plant.

Seed or division of clumps.

The leaves are used to produce a herbal tea and the flowers attract bees.

Calyx 2-lipped, 13-veined; style branches unequal, lower ones longer and wider.

7 species from C Asia,W Europe and N America.

De Wolf (1954c).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Lamiaceae. 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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
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species         Calamintha nepeta (L.) Savi