Prostanthera aspalathoides A.Cunn. ex Benth.

Scarlet Mint-bush

Labiat. Gen. Spec. 453 (1834) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small shrub, 0.3–1 m high; branches c. terete, densely covered with short hairs, glandular. Leaves linear-oblong, -elliptic or -obovate, 1.5–6(–10) mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, up to 6(–10) times as long as wide, glabrous or sparsely tomentose with glandular, terete to compressed-terete hairs, base slightly attenuate, margin entire, recurved when lamina subterete, apex obtuse to rounded; petiole 0–0.5 mm long. Flowers appearing axillary; bracteoles 2–3 mm long. Calyx 5–7 mm long, tube 3–4 mm long, lobes 2–3 mm long; corolla 10–20 mm long, red, pink-red, orange, rarely yellow, tube 8–11 mm long; anther appendage absent. Flowers spring.

Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria locally common in open mallee communities of the north-west, extending to Box-Ironbark forests and whipstick mallee communities of north-central areas (e.g. Bendigo, Rushworth), on red sandy loams overlying sandstone and shales, or in shallow calcareous soils, often with superficial ironstone pebbles ('buckshot gravel').

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 aspalathoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prostanthera aspalathoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present cultivated

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory