Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial or annual herbs; branches terete or quadrangular with simple multicellular hairs. Leaves sessile or petiolate, decussate, simple, entire, crenate, toothed or lobed. Inflorescence leafy, thyrse-like with sessile 1–5-flowered cymes in leaf-axil. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes equal; corolla 2-lipped, but adaxial lip much reduced, lower and lateral lobes of abaxial lip large; stamens 4, fertile, anthers with both locules fertile, strongly divergent; style gynobasic, stigma very shortly bifid. Mericarps not keeled, c. obloid, with a large concavity on the inner surface.

About 40 species, from temperate regions of the Old World; 1 broadly circumscribed species native and 1 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 Ajuga
Subordinate taxa