Clinopodium L.



Description of the genus

Aromatic perennial herbs, subshrubs or shrubs. Leaves opposite, toothed (sometimes entire); margin flat, not thickened. Inflorescence a thyrse, sometimes the cymes reduced to single flowers; bracts similar to stem leaves but becoming smaller in upper part of stem. Calyx 5-lobed, weakly zygomorphic to strongly 2-lipped. Corolla 2-lipped; posterior lip entire, emarginate or 4-toothed; anterior lip 3-lobed, flat. Stamens 4, fertile or upper pair reduced to staminodes, sometimes all sterile in female flowers, ascending under posterior lip. Ovary 4-lobed; style gynobasic. Nutlets trigonous, matt.

Worldwide: C. 110 species, mostly in the New World and temperate Eurasia, some in tropical Africa and Asia

Malawi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
myrianthum (Baker) RydingN,CDescription, Image
uhligii (G├╝rke) Ryding var. obtusifolium (Avetta) RydingNDescription, Image
vernayanum (Brenan) Ryding[End]S

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Flora of Mozambique: Clinopodium
Flora of Zambia: Clinopodium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Clinopodium

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Clinopodium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Clinopodium
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Clinopodium
Wikipedia: Clinopodium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Clinopodium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Clinopodium

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: Genus page: Clinopodium., retrieved 20 March 2023

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