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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary...Abridged...fourth edition vol. 1. 1754. (28 Jan 1754) (Gard. Dict. Abr. (ed. 4)) Name publication detail

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Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
General/Distribution: About 20 species in Europe and Asia to Japan; also in E Africa. A genus of imprecise boundaries and questionable status, close to Clinopodium, Satureja and Micromeria q.v.


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Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Stems erect with short eglandular often retrorse hairs, leafy. Leaves not divided, petiolate, ovate-oblong, gland-dotted below, margins subentire or finely crenulate-serrulate. Inflorescence of very shortly pedunculate cymes, subverticillate, the lowermost in the upper. leaf axils, forming elongated spikes Bracts very small flowers white, pink or violet, clearly pedicellate. Calyx tubular parallel-sided, bilabiate or inconspicuously bilabiate (in ours), 13-veined; throat lightly bearded or villous within; teeth 5 slender, equal. Corolla bilabiate; upper lip short, straight, emarginate, glabrous or pilose; lower lip 3-lobed with a large median emarginate lobe; tube narrow, not annulate within. Stamens 4 included under corolla upper lip, didynamous; thecae bilocular, divergent or parallel, glabrous. Stylar branches unequal. Nutlets ovoid, scarcely trigonous, apically rounded.

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1 Corolla c. 6 mm; calyx ± pendent; small annual 2 Calamintha debilis
+ Corolla c. 15 mm; calyx ± erect; somewhat shrubby perennial 1 Calamintha hydaspidis
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