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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 587. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
General/Distribution: A Mediterranean-Euro-Asiatic genus most closely related to Calamintha but with curved calyces and many-flowered verticillasters.


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Erect or ascending perennial herbs. Stems with eglandular often retrorse hairs, leafy. Leaves ovate, crenulate to subentire, shortly petiolate. Inflorescence of distant few-to many-flowered verticillasters borne in the axils of the upper leaves. Bracts linear. Flowers white, pink or purplish, shortly pedicellate. Calyx bilabiate, curved, 13-veined; throat pilose or not; teeth prominent, long-ciliate ± upward curved, lower longer. Corolla bilabiate; upper lip short straight emarginate, pilose; lower lip 3-lobed median entire or emarginate; tube not annulate within. Stamens 4 included under upper lip of corolla, didynamous; thecae 2-locular, glabrous, divergent, with a swollen connective. Stylar branches markedly unequal. Nutlets ovoid to obovoid, smooth, scarcely trigonous, apically rounded.

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1 Verticillasters compact, dense; bracts 5-10 mm; corolla 12-15 mm 1 Clinopodium vulgare
+ Verticillasters ± loose; bracts 1.5-4 mm; corolla 6-9 mm 2 Clinopodium umbrosum
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