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8. Mentha citrata Ehrhart, Beitr. Naturk. 7: 150. 1792.

柠檬薄荷 ning meng liu lan xiang

Mentha ×piperita Linnaeus var. citrata (Ehrhart) Briquet.

Herbs perennial, bearing leafy stolons, glabrous or subglabrous throughout. Petiole of middle stem leaves ca. 2 mm; leaf blade broadly ovate to elliptic, 2-4 × 1.5-3 cm, base rounded to shallow cordate, margin remotely serrate, apex obtuse; upper leaves reduced, sometimes sublanceolate, apex acute. Verticillasters in terminal spikes 2.5-4 cm; bracts linear-lanceolate, shorter than verticillasters. Pedicel ca. 1 mm. Calyx tubular, ca. 1.5 mm, glandular; teeth linear-subulate, ca. 0.5 mm. Corolla purplish, ca. 4 mm, tube ca. 2.5 mm. Fl. Jul-Aug.

Beijing Shi, Hangzhou Shi, Nanjing Shi, and other cities [Europe]

Cultivated in China.

Perhaps best regarded as a cultivar of Mentha ×piperita.


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