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

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

VII. 2. A. Subtribe Salviinae (Dumort.) Endl. (1838).


Shrub, cauliflorous, densely hairy, with dendroid and simple hairs; leaves bullate, serrate, petioles unwinged; inflorescences axillary, borne on bare stems below leaves, forming short, racemoid thyrses, cymes single-flowered; bracts caducous; bracteoles inconspicuous; flowers medium-sized, pedicellate; calyx actinomorphic to weakly 2-lipped, 5-lobed, bright blue, lobes subequal, deltoid, tube broadly campanulate, membranous, accrescent; corolla 2-lipped, 5-lobed (4/1), ?red, posterior lip with 2 median lobes, separated by short sinus, lateral lobes rounded, almost obsolete, anterior lip rounded, tube short, exannulate; stamens 4, didynamous, ascending, long-exserted, filaments curved, thecae 2, strongly divergent, confluent, elongate; stigma-lobes short, subequal; disc fleshy, scarcely lobed; nutlets ovoid, smooth, black, with minute basal scar.  One species: the rarely collected C. mecistandrum Donn. Sm. is known only from S Mexico (Chiapas) and Guatemala. 


Native to:

79 Mexico
80 Central America


Chaunostoma Donn. Sm., Bot. Gaz. 20: 9, t.3 (1895).

Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew