Common name: Scarlet Mint Bush
Prostanthera aspalathoides A.Cunn. ex Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Prostanthera patula Gand. APNI*
Prostanthera eriocalyx Gand. APNI*
Description: Small shrub, 0.3–1 m high; branches ± terete, densely covered with short hairs, glandular.
Leaves with lamina terete to compressed-terete, oblong-linear, linear-elliptic to linear-obovate, 1.5–6 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide; apex ± obtuse; base ± attenuate; margins entire, recurved when lamina ± terete; surfaces glabrous, sparsely glandular; petiole 0–0.5 mm long.
Flowers single, in axil of leaves; bracteoles 2–3 mm long. Calyx 5–7 mm long; tube 3–4 mm long; lobes 2–3 mm long. Corolla 10–20 mm long, red, pink-red, orange, rarely yellow; tube 8–11 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in mallee, in red sandy loams, overlying sandstone and shales or in shallow calcareous soils, ironstone pebbles often common; west from the Rankins Spring district.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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