Mentha satureioides R.Br.

Creeping Mint

Prodr. 505 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizomatous (sometimes extensively so), often mat-forming herb; branches ascending or prostrate, often rooting at lower nodes, glabrous or covered with short spreading hairs. Leaves narrowly elliptic, 5–35 mm long, 2–7 mm wide, surfaces c. glabrous, apex obtuse or rounded, margin entire; petiole 0–3 mm long. Flowers in 3-flowered clusters in axils of distal leaves; pedicels much shorter than calyx. Calyx 3–4 mm long, 13-ridged, lobes broadly acute, up to half as long as tube, glabrous or with a few hairs outside, inside and margins with dense, long hairs; corolla white or pink, exceeding calyx by 1–3 mm, lobes c. 1–2 mm long, the posterior one bilobed; anthers usually shortly exserted. Flowers throughout the year.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria mostly north of the Great Dividing Range on heavy, seasonally wet soils. Scattered in southern districts, but distribution likely to include some records of Mentha diemenica.

The current circumscription of Mentha satureioides and M. diemenica represents the extremes of what appears to be a morphological continuum. Many plants show a range of intermediates or combinations of the characters listed in the key. Population studies are required so that the taxonomic status of these taxa can be evaluated.

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, 2019-08-26
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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 satureioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Mentha satureioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales