Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial herbs or shrubs; branches quadrangular with simple, rarely branched hairs, sessile glands usually present. Leaves sessile or petiolate, opposite, simple or trifoliolate, margin entire, serrate or lobed. Inflorescence a thyrse, with 1–many pedicellate or sessile flowers in axillary cymes. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes c. equal, acute (in Victoria); corolla 1-sided, 5-lobed, the stamens exserted from the deep division between the 2 most adaxial lobes, white or cream; stamens 4, fertile, usually greatly exserted, anthers with both locules fertile; ovary scarely 4-lobed, style inserted near apex of ovary, stigma 2-fid. Mericarps not or only slightly keeled, with a deep concavity near the point of attachment, glandular and with some apical hairs.

About 300 species, cosmopolitan with the Mediterranean as a centre of diversity; c. 13 species 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 Teucrium
Subordinate taxa