Flowers and leaves. Photo: Richard Hartland, Vic

Flowers and leaves. Photo: Lynn Allison, Melbourne, Vic

Leaves. Photo: Lynn Allison, Melbourne, Vic

Common Name

River Mint, Native Mint, Slender Mint




Perennial forb, mat forming or to 80cm tall.  Leaves with a strong mint smell when crushed, opposite each other, 0.6-6cm long, 4-20mm wide, flat, with embedded aromatic glands, hairless to hairy, dotted with glands, the margins entire or toothed.  Flowers white, pink, or purple, tubular, with 4 lobes, vaguely 2-lipped, in dense 3-16 flowered clusters at the bases of paired leaves.

Description (page 573) and photo (page 574) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

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