7304.000 Melissa L.

Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. (1963) Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada D. van Nostrand Co, Inc. Princetown New Jersey.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs with square stems. Leaves simple, opposite, usually aromatic. Flowers yellow on axillary spikes. Calyx 2-lipped, strongly 13-nerved, angular, the upper lip flattened, oblong, with 3 conspicuous nerves prolonged into the very short, broadly triangular lobes, the lower lip as long, cleft nearly to the base into narrow, subulate-tipped lobes; corolla tube up-curved, the upper lip concave, 2-lobed, lower lip with rounded lateral lobes and a longer median lobe. Fruit consisting of obovoid smooth nutlets.

Worldwide: 4 species, native to Europe and Asia.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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officinalis L.

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External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Melissa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2078, retrieved 9 December 2023

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