7328.000 Mentha L. - Mints

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs (ours), with a characteristic minty smell. Leaves opposite. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, spike-like. Flowers small; bracts leaf-like, smaller than leaves; bracteoles linear. Calyx 10-nerved, ± equally 5-toothed. Corolla obscurely 2-lipped, 4-lobed. Stamens 4, ± equal, spreading, exserted. Nutlets ovoid.

Worldwide: 25 species in the temperate Old World

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

spicata L.
× piperita L.

Other sources of information about Mentha:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Mentha
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Mentha
Flora of Zambia: Mentha
Flora of Zimbabwe: Mentha

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mentha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mentha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mentha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Mentha
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Mentha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mentha
JSTOR Plant Science: Mentha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mentha
Plants of the World Online: Mentha
Tropicos: Mentha
Wikipedia: Mentha

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Mentha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1224, retrieved 4 March 2024

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