Suppression

Pycnanthemum

Category: Medicines - plant based

Type

Voluntary

Introduction and description

Pycnanthemum is a genus of plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae). They are commonly known as mountain mints (or mountain-mints, mountainmints). Some are known as koellias, after an obsolete genus name.

All of the species in this genus are native to North America. Most are very strongly scented and pungent, and are used in cooking and in making herbal tea. Indeed, like the true mints (Mentha) they belong to the tribe Mentheae of subfamily Nepetoideae. However, while the mountain-mints are a highly advanced genus most probably closest to the bee balms (Monarda), which are also endemic to North America, the true mints are part of a more basal and largely European radiation of this tribe.  We have grouped them together for ease of reference, and comparison, although all the observations describe the specific species.  Examples include:

  • Pycnanthemum clinopodioides (Clinopod Mountain Mint)
  • Pycnanthemum incanum (Hoary Mountain Mint)
  • Pycnanthemum montanum (Montane Mountain Mint)
  • Pycnanthemum muticum (Muticous Mountain Mint)
  • Pycnanthemum pilosum (Pilose Mountain Mint)
  • Pycnanthemum setosum (Setose Mountain Mint)
  • Pycnanthemum tenuifolium (Slenderleaf Mountain Mint)
  • Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia Mountain Mint)
  • Pycnanthemum pycnanthemoides (Typical Mountain Mint)

 

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