Prostanthera cuneata Benth.

Alpine Mint-bush

in DC., Prodr. 12: 560 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Compact, dense shrub to c. 1 m high, strongly aromatic; branches densely covered with short, more or less spreading hairs and subsessile glands. Leaves obovate, moderately thick, 4–8 mm long, 3–4.5 mm wide, dark green above, paler below, glabrous, densely glandular, base cuneate, margin entire or minutely crenate to crenate (the latter probably hybrids), apex rounded to obtuse, or appearing truncate when margin recurved; petiole 0–0.5 mm long. Flowers appearing axillary, crowded in distal nodes; bracteoles persistent, 3–3.5 mm long, 0.8–1 mm wide. Calyx c. 5 mm long, tube 2.5–3 mm long, adaxial lobe 2–2.5 mm long (not or only slightly enlarged in fruit); corolla white with many violet, purple or reddish blotches or spots in throat and tube, 10–15 mm long; anther appendage c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers mostly Nov.–Feb.

EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, MuM, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Locally common or dominant in alpine closed heathlands and shrublands or in Eucalyptus pauciflora subalpine woodland, between c. 1500 and 2000 m altitude, usually in rocky sites. Purportedly collected from Bemm River. This location is unlikely to be accurate given the drastically different environment at Bemm River to where this species is known with certainty from.

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 cuneata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prostanthera cuneata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory