Lavandula

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial aromatic shrubs; branches quadrangular, becoming terete and woody basally; hairs branched. Leaves sessile, decussate, pinnatifid to entire. Inflorescence dense, compact, spike-like, with overlapping bracts often covering the sessile 3-flowered cymes; bracts many-veined; apex of inflorescence terminated by large, often pale purple bracts. Calyx shortly 4–6-lobed, lobes subequal, except upper lobe continued into a broad terminal appendage; corolla not 2-lipped but slightly zygomorphic, with 3 lower lobes slightly shorter than upper lobes; stamens 4, fertile, anthers with 2 locules fertile, locules scarcely divergent. Mericarps 1-keeled.

About 28 species, mainly from the Mediterranean region, extending to north-east Africa and India; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

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.
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Lamiaceae
Higher taxa
genus Lavandula
Subordinate taxa