Prostanthera nivea var. nivea

Snowy Mint-bush

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect to spreading shrub, 1–4 m high, not aromatic; branches 4-ridged, glabrous to densely covered with white appressed hairs (hoary), glands inconspicuous. Leaves sessile, linear to c. terete, 10–50 mm long, 0.5–2 mm wide, glabrous to densely covered with white appressed hairs (hoary), glands inconspicuous, base narrowly cuneate, decurrent, margin entire, flat to involute, apex obtuse or subacute. Flowers appearing axillary, often crowded towards the ends of branches in a leafy spike-like inflorescence; bracteoles persistent, minute and c. 0.5 mm long, c. 0.2 mm wide, to linear and leaf-like, 2–4 mm long, 0.3–0.5 mm wide. Calyx 6–8 mm long, tube 3–4 mm long, adaxial lobe 3–5 mm long (enlarged in fruit); corolla white to mauve, with yellow spots in throat, 14–18 mm long; anther appendage c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP. Largely confined to shrubland and open woodland associated with granite outcrops (e.g. Mts Hope, Terrick Terrick, Kooyora and Pilot, and the You Yangs), also in Lerderderg Gorge, Barwon Heads and Anglesea areas. Sparingly established in heathland reserve at Sandringham.

Prostanthera nivea var. induta Benth. is restricted to the Warrumbungle Ranges and Pilliga region of New South Wales.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1999). Lamiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Lamiaceae
genus Prostanthera
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prostanthera nivea var. nivea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prostanthera nivea var. nivea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales