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Monarda pectinata

Higher Taxonomy
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: MINT FAMILY
Habit: Annual to shrub [tree, vine], glabrous to hairy, generally aromatic. Stem: generally erect, generally 4-angled. Leaf: generally simple to deeply lobed, generally opposite, generally gland-dotted. Inflorescence: generally cymes, generally many in dense axillary clusters surrounding stem, generally separated by evident internodes or collectively crowded, spike- or panicle-like, occasionally head-like or raceme, subtended by leaves or bracts; flowers sessile or pedicelled. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx generally 5-lobed, radial to bilateral; corolla generally bilateral, 1--2-lipped, upper lip entire or 2-lobed, +- flat to hood-like, occasionally 0, lower lip generally 3-lobed; stamens generally 4, epipetalous, generally exserted, paired, pairs generally unequal, occasionally 2, staminodes 2 or 0; ovary superior, generally 4-lobed to base chambers 2, ovules 2 per chamber, style 1, generally arising from center at junction of lobes, stigmas generally 2. Fruit: generally 4 nutlets, generally ovoid to oblong, smooth.
Genera In Family: +- 230 genera, 7200 species: worldwide. Many cultivated for herbs, oils (Lavandula, lavender; Mentha, mint; Rosmarinus, rosemary; Thymus, thyme), some cultivated as ornamental (in California Cedronella, Leonotis, Monarda, Phlomis). Note: Moluccella laevis L., shell flower, historical waif in California. Satureja calamintha (L.) Scheele subsp. ascendens (Jordan) Briq. reported as alien but not naturalized. Salazaria moved to Scutellaria; California Hyptis moved to Condea, California Satureja moved to Clinopodium.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dieter H. Wilken & Margriet Wetherwax, family description, key to genera
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: MonardaView Description 

Common Name: BEE BALM
Habit: Annual, [biennial, perennial herb, shrub], generally short-hairy. Stem: erect, generally branched. Leaf: petioled or not. Inflorescence: axillary, head-like, lower subtended by leaves, upper by bracts; bracts bristle-tipped [not]. Flower: +- sessile; calyx +- radial, lobes 5, +- equal; corolla 2-lipped, upper lip entire or +- 2-lobed, hood-like, arched, lower lip generally 2--3-lobed, central lobe generally > lateral lobes; stamens 2, fertile, ascending under upper lip, >= upper lip; style unequally lobed.
Species In Genus: 16 species: North America; some cultivated for flowers, tea. Etymology: (Nicolas Monardes, Spanish physician, botanist, 1493--1588) Note: Monarda citriodora Lag. (inflorescence bracts generally recurved near middle) not persisting.
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti & Dieter H. Wilken

Monarda pectinata Nutt.
Stem: 1.5--3.5 dm; hairs short, +- curled down. Leaf: blade 1.5--4 cm, generally oblong to lanceolate, entire to serrate, +- glabrous to finely strigose especially on veins. Inflorescence: bracts +- straight, rarely recurved, then from base. Flower: calyx tube 6--8 mm, throat densely puberulent within, lobes 2--4 mm, long-acuminate; corolla 12--25 mm, white to pink, lower lip purple-spotted or not. Chromosomes: 2n=18,36.
Ecology: Washes, rocky slopes, pinyon/juniper woodland; Elevation: 1150--1500 m. Bioregional Distribution: e DMtns (New York Mtns); Distribution Outside California: to western Great Plains, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: May--Aug Note: Possible allopolyploid between Monarda citriodora, Monarda clinopodioides A. Gray. Collections needed.
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti & Dieter H. Wilken
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Citation for this treatment: Thomas J. Rosatti & Dieter H. Wilken 2016. Monarda pectinata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Geographic subdivisions for Monarda pectinata:
e DMtns (New York Mtns);
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