Mentha spicata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Mentha spicata L.
  • Common Name : Spear Mint, Pahadi Fudino
  • Plant Family : Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Mentha spicata Plant :

  • Habit : A rhizomatous, perennial herb.
  • Stem : Erect, glabrous, square-shaped.
  • Leaves : Sessile or sub-sessile, ovate-oblong-lanceolate, base broadly cuneate to rounded, margin serrated having acute apex.
  • Inflorescence : Verticillaster
  • Flowers :
    • Pedicellate flowers in slender spikes are interrupted, pink or white.
    • Calyx campanulate, glandular, 5 lobed.
    • Corolla purplish, glabrous, emarginated apex.
    • Ovary brown, glabrous.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : May - September
  • Significance :
    • Spearmint leaves can be used fresh, dried, or frozen.
    • Spearmint is often cultivated for its aromatic and carminative oil, referred to as spearmintoil.
    • It is used as a flavoring for toothpaste and confectionery, and is sometimes added to shampoos and soaps.