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

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

VII. 2. B. Subtribe Menthinae (Dumort.) Endl. (1838).


Perennial subshrubs, hairs simple or dendroid; leaves entire or toothed; inflorescence of axillary cymes, sometimes very shortly pedunculate, forming terminal thyrse of 6-many-flowered, usually remote verticillasters; bracts, at least the lowest, leaf-like, upper small, inconspicuous; bracteoles inconspicuous, smaller than to equalling calyx; calyx weakly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (3/2), lobes triangular-subulate, posterior lobes usually shorter than anterior, calyx-tube cylindrical, straight or shortly curved, 13-nerved, throat hairy; corolla resupinate, 2-lipped, 4-lobed (3/1), white or lilac, posterior (lower) lip entire or emarginate, anterior (upper) lip 3-lobed, slightly deflexed, median lobe larger, corolla-tube twisted, annulate near middle; stamens 4, equal, long-exserted, anthers ellipsoid, thecae 2, parallel, distinct with short connective; stigma-lobes unequal, subulate, posterior lobe longer; disc weakly 4-lobed; nutlets ovoid, smooth, glabrous.  About eight species in SW Asia.


Native to:

34 Western Asia


Cyclotrichium (Boiss.) Manden. & Scheng., Not. Syst. Leningrad 15: 332-337 (1953).

Calamintha sect. Cyclotrichium Boiss. (1879).

Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew