Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds.
subsp. capensis (Thunb.) Briq.

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Mentha longifolia subsp. capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Rd, Nyanga

Mentha longifolia subsp. capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Rd, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Mentha capensis Thunb.
Common names:
Perennial rhizomatous herb; stems up to 1.5 m. with downwardly-directed woolly hairs. Leaves sessile, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 4-9 × 0.5-2 cm, dark green above, densely grey pubescent below; margin distantly serrate, apex acuminate, base truncate to obtuse. Inflorescences cylindric, tapering at apex, one principal terminal and with smaller spikes arising from the upper axils. Calyx 2-2.5 mm. Corolla white to mauve, 3-5 mm.
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 56. as Mentha longifolia

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Page 94.

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External websites:

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

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: Species information: Mentha longifolia subsp. capensis., retrieved 24 May 2024

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