Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Lamiales

Lamiaceae - Mint and basil family


Codd, L.E. (1985) Lamiaceae Flora of Southern Africa 28(4)

Fernandes, R. (2005) Lamiaceae (subfamilies: Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7)

Paton, A.J. et al. (2009) Lamiaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or annual or perennial herbs, usually with square stems. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or whorled, rarely alternate (e.g. Aeollanthus subacaulis), usually gland-dotted and aromatic. Inflorescence cymose, borne in the axils of opposite bracts, usually much condensed so that the two opposite cymes form a whorl-like inflorescence (referred to as a whorl in this account); rarely the flowers are solitary in the axil of each bract. The whorls are often close together so that they form spikes or heads. Flowers hypogynous, zygomorphic, usually 2-lipped, bisexual (unisexual in Tetradenia). Bracts present. Calyx usually 5-toothed, often 2-lipped. Corolla gamopetalous, basically 5-lobed but often 2-lipped with the 2 upper lobes and the 3 lower lobes united. Stamens rarely 2, usually 4. Ovary superior, 4-locular; style often 2-lobed, usually gynobasic. Fruit consisting of 4 dry, 1-seeded nutlets.

Worldwide: 251 genera and 6,700 species, cosmopolitan, but especially from the Mediterranean to C Asia; very rare in New Zealand.

Malawi: 34 genera and 160 taxa.

Clinopodium myrianthum

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Achyrospermum BlumeDescription, Image
Acrotome Benth. ex Endl.Description
Aeollanthus Mart. ex Spreng.Description
Basilicum MoenchDescription, Image
Cantinoa Harley & J.F.B.PastoreImage
Clerodendrum L.Description
Clinopodium L.Description
Coleus Lour.Image
Equilabium Mwany., A.J. Paton & CulhamDescription, Image
Haumaniastrum P.A. Duvign. & PlanckeDescription, Image
Hoslundia VahlDescription, Image
Hyptis Jacq.Description
Isodon (Benth.) Spach.Description
Kalaharia Baill.Description, Image
Karomia DopDescription
Leonotis (Pers.) R.Br.Description, Image
Leucas R. Br.Description
Mesosphaerum P. BrowneDescription, Image
Micromeria Benth.Description, Image
Ocimum L.Description
Orthosiphon Benth.Description
Platostoma P. Beauv.Description
Plectranthus L'Hér.Description, Image
Premna L.Description, Image
Pycnostachys Hook.Description, Image
Rotheca Raf.Description, Image
Salvia L.Description
Scutellaria L.Description, Image
Stachys L.Description
Syncolostemon E. Mey.Description
Tetradenia Benth.Description, Image
Tinnea Kotschy & Peyr.Description, Image
Vitex L.Description
Volkameria L.Description

Other sources of information about Lamiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Lamiaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Lamiaceae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Lamiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Lamiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Lamiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Lamiaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Lamiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lamiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Lamiaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lamiaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Lamiaceae
Wikipedia: Lamiaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Lamiaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=114, retrieved 7 February 2023

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