VII. Subfam. Nepetoideae (Dumort.) Luerss. (1882).

VII. 3. Tribe Ocimeae Dumort. (1829).

VII. 3. C. Subtribe Hyptidinae Endlicher (1838).


Shrubs, weakly aromatic, often gynodioecious; leaves simple; inflorescence thyrsoid, spike-like and paniculately branched with cymes shortly pedunculate or sessile, often 2 per leaf-axil, 6-12-flowered; bracts usually persistent, inconspicuous, often subulate and rigid; bracteoles similar but smaller; calyx tubular, straight, actinomorphic, 5-lobed, lobes equal, subulate, rigid, erect or more often widely spreading and spinose-tipped, throat open; corolla weakly 2-lipped, 5-lobed with lobes subequal, corolla-tube straight, hairy within; stamens with at least anterior pair weakly exserted from tube, filaments short, anterior pair longer; female plants with stamens reduced; style with stylopodium absent; stigma-lobes short; disc 4-lobed, anterior lobe larger; nutlets ovoid, mucilaginous. 2n = 30.  Three species, in savanna, Mexico southwards to Costa Rica.


Native to:

79 Mexico
80 Central America
81 Caribbean


Asterohyptis Epling, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 60: 17 (1932), rev.

Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew