Common name: Dense Mintbush
Prostanthera decussata F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Compact, dense shrub to c. 2 m high, strongly aromatic; branches densely covered with short and long, ± spreading hairs.
Leaves with lamina ovate to narrow-ovate, young leaves broad-ovate, 4–7 mm long, 1–3.5 mm wide, moderately thick; apex obtuse; base narrow-obtuse; margins entire and strongly recurved to revolute; upper surface dark green, lower surface paler, moderately covered with stiff, tuberculate, multicellular hairs, densely glandular on lower surface; petiole 0–0.6 mm long.
Flowers axillary in upper nodes, part inflorescence 1-flowered; bracteoles persistent, 2.5–3 mm long. Calyx 3.5–4 mm long; tube 1–1.5 mm long; upper lobe 2–2.5 mm long, not or only slightly enlarged in fruit. Corolla 6–8 mm long, mauve to violet, occasionally pinkish. Anthers without appendage.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and low woodland, in rocky granitic soils, generally south from the A.C.T. Also known from a disjunct occurrence on the Newnes Plateau, growing in sandstone derived geology.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST, CWS, SWS, NT
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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