Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds.

Fl. Angl. 221 (1762) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect, rhizomatous herb to c. 1.5 m high, often rooting at lower nodes; branches villous, often tinged purple. Leaves sessile (rarely very shortly petiolate), ovate, 20–80 mm long, 10–30 mm wide, upper surface hirsute, lower surface grey-villous, veins strongly impressed above, apex acute, base cordate or truncate, margin serrate. Inflorescence terminal, 4–10 cm long; flowers in dense, many-flowered clusters, at least some internodes usually apparent; pedicels shorter than to subequal to calyx. Calyx 1.5–2.5 mm long, 10-veined, lobes half to as long as tube, villous; corolla white or pink, pubescent, exceeding calyx by 1–1.5 mm, lobes c. 1 mm long, the posterior one entire or barely emarginate; anthers strongly exserted. Flowers Feb.–Apr.

*Gold. Native to western Europe. Known in Victoria from a naturalised occurrences amongst Typha in a creekline at Spring Gully near Bendigo.

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
genus Mentha
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Mentha longifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Mentha longifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Goldfields present introduced

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South Australia