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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 572. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
General/Distribution: About 20 mainly European species: also in N. Africa, Macaronesia, Arabia and India. No native species are in our area, but lavender is grown both as an ornamental and, occasionally, as a commercial plant.


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Strongly aromatic shrubs with an all-over indumentum of small adpressed stellate hairs. Stems quadrangular, stiffly erect. Leaves not divided (in ours), entire-margined, with or without younger leaves clustered in axils. Inflorescence spicate, simple or branched, borne on a long leafless peduncle. Bracts subtending 6-8 flowers in each verticillaster. Bracteoles present or absent. Flowers ± sessile. Calyx tubular, ± adpressed to axis, 13-15-ribbed, not bilabiate; tube not bearded within; teeth short subequal. Corolla exserted, blue-violet, bilabiate; upper lip bifid; lower lip 3-lobed. Stamens 4 included in corolla tube, dedinate; thecae bilocular becoming confluent and unilocular, bearded. Style oblong or subglobose. Nutlets oblong, smooth, glabrous.
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