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

VII. 2. Tribe Mentheae Dumort. (1827).

VII. 2. C. Subtribe Nepetinae Coss. & Germ. (1845).


Perennial herbs, aromatic; leaves 3(-5)-foliolate, dentate; inflorescence thyrsoid, terminal, spike-like or ovoid, cymes shortly pedunculate to sessile; bracts usually small, linear, coloured; bracteoles inconspicuous; calyx tubular, slightly curved and dilated towards throat, actinomorphic, campanulate in fruit, 5-lobed, lobes equal, narrowly triangular, acute or acuminate, throat open, slightly oblique; corolla strongly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (2/3), pinkish, posterior lip flattened, emarginate, anterior lip with median lobe larger, obovate, margin undulate, concave, tube exserted from calyx, abruptly dilated towards throat; stamens attached near throat, included under posterior lip of corolla, filaments parallel, thecae distinct, parallel; stigma-lobes subequal; disc 4-lobed; nutlets elliptic, smooth, glandular-pubescent, areole orbicular. 2n = 10.  One species, Cedronella canariensis (L.) Webb & Berth., Canary Is. and Madeira.


Native to:

21 Macaronesia

Introduced to:

27 Southern Africa
28 Middle Atlantic Ocean
51 New Zealand


Cedronella Moench, Meth. Pl.: 411 (1794); Budantsev, Bot. Zhurn. 78, 2: 106-115 (1993), rev.

Species found in RBG Kew living collections

1974-3274 Cedronella canariensis (L.) Webb & Berthel. N HLWL 570 F 157 14 
1974-7281 Cedronella canariensis (L.) Webb & Berthel. N HLWL 570 F TH 15   :  TRO_N SEED 
1991-582 Cedronella canariensis (L.) Webb & Berthel. N SPAR 9104 F TRO_N SEED


Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew