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Clinopodium vulgare, Calamintha vulgaris, Satureja vulgaris,
Wild basil, Cushion calamint

Scientific name:  Clinopodium vulgare L.
Synonym name:  Calamintha vulgaris Spenn., Satureja vulgaris (L.) Fritsch
Common name:  Wild basil, Cushion calamint
Family:  Lamiaceae, Mint or Deadnettle family

Clinopodium vulgare, Calamintha vulgaris, Satureja vulgaris, Wild basil, Cushion calamint

Life form:  Perennial Herb
Stems:  Stems square, hairy
Leaves:  opposite, lance-like to ovate, usually less than 3 times as long as wide
Inflorescence:  Dense, rounded cluster at top of stem and in smaller clusters in the upper leaf axils
Flowers:  Pink to white, 5-parted, 1/2" long, irregularly tube-shaped; inflorescence of many flowers in rounded, dense, widely separated whorls from the upper leaf axils
Fruits / pods:  Nutlet
Flowering Period:  July, August, September
Habitat:  Anthropogenic (man-made or disturbed habitats), cliffs, balds, or ledges, forests, meadows and fields, ridges or ledges, woodlands

Clinopodium vulgare, Calamintha vulgaris, Satureja vulgaris, Wild basil, Cushion calamint


Derivation of the botanical name:
Clinopodium, Greek klinopodion, Klino, bed; podion, little foot.
vulgare, common.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Clinopodium vulgare, Calamintha vulgaris, Satureja vulgaris, Wild basil, Cushion calamint


Clinopodium vulgare, Calamintha vulgaris, Satureja vulgaris, Wild basil, Cushion calamint


 
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