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|Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Melissa||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Melissa officinalis L.
Stem: branched, 2--15 dm, finely glandular hairy. Leaf: blade 2--14 cm, 1.5--7 cm wide, ovate, crenate. Inflorescence: flowers 4--12; subtending leaves reduced distally on stem; pedicels 2--5 mm. Flower: calyx 7--9 mm, tube ribbed, long-soft-hairy; corolla 8--15 mm, white to cream, occasionally tinged lavender.
Ecology: Moist sites, meadows, fields; Elevation: < 800 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CaRF, n SNF, CW; Distribution Outside California: native to southern Europe. Flowering Time: Jun--Sep
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Miller & Dieter H. Wilken
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Melissa
Next taxon: Mentha
Citation for this treatment: John M. Miller & Dieter H. Wilken 2017. Melissa officinalis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=33161, accessed on January 22, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 22, 2017.