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|Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Mentha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Mentha pulegium L.
Stem: decumbent to ascending, 1--3 dm, short-hairy. Leaf: 0.5--2.5 cm, reduced distally on stem; lower short-petioled, cauline generally +- sessile; blade narrowly ovate to elliptic, entire to finely serrate, base tapered to obtuse, tip generally rounded, abaxially short-hairy. Inflorescence: axillary, head-like, subtending leaves or leaf-like bracts reflexed. Flower: calyx 2.5--4 mm, short-hairy; corolla 5--8 mm, violet to lavender; stamens > corolla lobes. Chromosomes: 2n=20,30,40.
Ecology: Moist places, fields; Elevation: < 1400 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, NCoRO, NCoRI, CaR, SN, GV, CW, PR; Distribution Outside California: to Oregon, eastern United States; native to Europe. Toxicity: Oil TOXIC, fatal when extract ingested by humans; used as insect repellant. Flowering Time: Jul--Oct
eFlora Treatment Author: Arthur O. Tucker
Jepson Online Interchange
Weed listed by Cal-IPC
Previous taxon: Mentha ×piperita
Next taxon: Mentha ×rotundifolia
Citation for this treatment: Arthur O. Tucker 2017. Mentha pulegium, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=33206, accessed on February 21, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 21, 2017.