Nepeta

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herb; branches quadrangular; hairs mostly simple. Leaves opposite, petiolate; margin coarsely serrate to crenate, or rarely lobed. Inflorescence of cymose clusters in axils of leaf-like or reduced bracts, often spike-like. Calyx equally 5-lobed, lobes pointed, subequal or abaxial lobes slightly shorter; corolla 2-lipped, abaxial lip with 2 narrow lateral lobes and a broadly spathulate medial lobe, adaxial lip broadly oblong, 2-lobed; stamens 4, fertile, inserted at different levels at and above the throat of the corolla-tube, anthers with 2 fertile, divergent locules, exserted. Mericarps 1-keeled.

About 250 species, from temperate Eurasia, extending to the mountains of tropical Africa; 1 species naturalised 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 Nepeta
Subordinate taxa