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Lamiaceae

Lamiaceae

Lamiaceae or Labiatae, also known as the mint family, is a family of plants comprising about 210 genera and some 3,500 species. It has been considered closely related to Verbenaceae but several recent phylogenetic studies have shown that numererous genera classified in Verbenaceae belong instead in Lamiaceae, whereas the core genera of Verbenaceae are not closely related to Lamiaceae and are more closely related to other members of the Lamiales.

The plants are frequently aromatic in all parts and include many widely used culinary herbs, such as basil, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, thyme, lavender, and perilla. Some are shrubs, but rarely trees or vines. Many members of the family are widely cultivated, owing not only to their aromatic qualities but also their ease of cultivation: these plants are among the easiest plants to propagate by stem cuttings. Besides those grown for their edible leaves, some are grown for decorative foliage, such as coleus. Others are grown for food purposes, but seeds are utilized instead of leaves, such as with chia.

The original family name is Labiatae, so given because the flowers typically have petals fused into an upper lip and a lower lip. Although this is still considered an acceptable alternate name, most botanists now use the name "Lamiaceae" in referring to this family.

The leaves emerge oppositely, each pair at right angles to the previous one (called decussate) or whorled.

The stems are frequently square in cross section, but this is not found in all members of the family, and is sometimes found in other plant families.

The flowers are bilaterally symmetrical with 5 united petals, 5 united sepals. They are usually bisexual and verticillastrate (a flower cluster that looks like a whorl of flowers but actually consists of two crowded clusters).

Genera


Acanthomintha
Achyrospermum
Acinos
Acrocephalus
Acrotome
Acrymia
Aeollanthus
Agastache
Ajuga
Ajugoides
Alajja
Alvesia
Amethystea
Anisochilus
Anisomeles
Antonina
Asterohyptis
Ballota
Becium
Benguellia
Blephilia
Bostrychanthera
Bovonia
Brazoria
Bystropogon
Calamintha
Capitanopsis
Capitanya
Caryopteris
Catoferia
Cedronella
Ceratanthus
Chamaesphacos
Chaunostoma
Chelonopsis
Cleonia
Clinopodium
Colebrookia
Coleus*
Collinsonia
Colquhounia
Comanthosphace
Conradina
Craniotome

Cuminia
Cunila
Cyclotrichium
Cymaria
Dauphinea
Dicerandra
Dorystaechas
Dracocephalum
Drepanocaryum
Eichlerago
Elsholtzia
Endostemon
Englerastrum
Eremostachys
Eriope
Eriiophyton
Eriopidion
Eriothymus
Erythrochlamys
Eurysolen
Fuerstia
Galeopsis
Geniosporum
Glechoma
Glechon
Gomphostemma
Gontscharovia
Hanceola
Haplostachys
Haumaniastrum
Hedeoma
Hemiandra
Hemigenia
Hemizygia
Hesperozygis
Heterolamium
Hoehnea
Holocheila
Holostylon
Horminum
Hoslundia
Hymenocrater
Hypenia
Hypogomphia

Hyptidendron
Hyptis
Hyssopus
Isodictyophorus
Isodon
Isoleucas
Keiskea
Kinostemon
Kudrjaschevia
Kurzamra
Lagochilus
Lagopsis
Lallemantia
Lamiastrum
Lamiophlomis
Lamium
Lavandula
Leocus
Leonotis
Leonurus
Lepechinia
Leucas
Leucosceptrum
Limniboza
Lophanthus
Loxocalyx
Lycopus
Macbridea
Marmoritis
Marrubium
Marsypianthes
Meehania
Melissa
Melittis
Mentha
Meriandra
Mesona
Metastachydium
Microcorys
Micromeria
Microtoena
Minthostachys
Moluccella
Monarda

Monardella
Mosla
Neoeplingia
Neohyptis
Nepeta (Catnip)
Neustruevia
Nosema
Notochaete
Ocimum
Octomeron
Ombrocharis
Origanum
Orthosiphon
Otostegia
Panzerina
Paraeremostachys
Paralamium
Paraphlomis
Peltodon
Pentapleura
Perilla
Perovskia
Perrierastrum
Phlomis
Phlomoides
Phyllostegia
Physostegia
Piloblephis
Pitardia
Platostoma
Plectranthus
Pogogyne
Pogostemon
Poliomintha
Prasium
Prostanthera
Prunella
Pseuderemostachys
Puntia
Pycnanthemum
Pycnostachys
Renschia
Rhabdocaulon
Raphidion

Rhododon
Rosmarinus
Rostrinucula
Roylea
Rubiteucris
Sabaudia
Saccocalyx
Salazaria
Salvia
Satureja
Schizonepeta
Scutellaria
Sideritis
Siphocranion
Skapanthus
Solenostemon
Stachyopsis
Stachys
Stenogyne
Sulaimania
Suzukia
Symphostemon
Synandra
Syncolostemon
Tetradenia
Teucrium
Thorncroftia
Thuspeinanta
Thymbra
Thymus
Tinnea
Trichostema
Vitex
Warnockia
Wenchengia
Westringia
Wiedemannia
Wrixonia
Zataria
Zhumeria
Ziziphora

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