Mentha laxiflora Benth.

Forest Mint

Prodr. 12: 174 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Procumbent sometimes rhizomatous herb to 60 cm high; branches with sparse to dense, septate, spreading or retrorse hairs. Leaves ovate or oblong-ovate, 10–80 mm long, 5–30 mm wide, surfaces with scattered septate hairs, apex obtuse to acute, margin serrate; petiole 1–12 mm long. Flowers in loose c. 4–8(–12)-flowered clusters in axils of distal leaves; pedicels usually subequal to or longer than calyx. Calyx 3.5–5 mm long, c. 15-veined, lobes acuminate, c. one-quarter to half as long as tube, sparsely to densely hairy outside; corolla white to mauve or pale blue, exceeding calyx by 3–5 mm, lobes 2.5–3.5 mm long, the posterior one shallowly emarginate; anthers strongly exserted. Flowers Jan.–Jul.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT. Locally common in montane forests of the Grampians, Otways and eastern ranges, occasionally in lower, open vegetation surrounding swamps and streams.

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, 2019-08-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Lamiaceae
genus Mentha
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Mentha laxiflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Mentha laxiflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory