Cedronella canariensis (L.) Webb & Berth.

Balm of Gilead

Hist. Nat. Iles Canaries 3: 87 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect perennial to 2.5 m high. Leaflets c. ovate to lanceolate, 8–100 mm long, 5–27 mm wide, base occasionally with a lobe or conspicuous tooth; petiole 0.5–5 cm long. Inflorescence 30–80 mm long. Calyx 9–13 mm long, pubescent, gland-dotted; tube 7–9 mm long; teeth 2–4 mm long. Corolla pink to purplish, 17–20 mm long; tube c. 14 mm long, with occasional hairs; upper lip 3 mm long; lower lip 3 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Mar.

*HSF, *Strz. Native to the Canary Islands and Madeira. Naturalised near Mirboo in a disturbed damp sclerophyll forest near a minor water course, alongside a forested stretch of the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road at Sassafras and in a forested gully in the east Melbourne suburb of Park Orchards.

Plants have a pleasant cedar-like aroma which is the source of the genus name which means little cedar.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-04-20
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Lamiaceae
genus Cedronella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Cedronella canariensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cedronella canariensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia