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Prostanthera verticillaris
Conservation status

Priority One — Poorly Known Taxa (DEC)
Scientific classification
Genus:
Prostanthera
Species:
verticillaris
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Occurrence data from AVH

Prostanthera verticillaris is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae and is endemic to a restricted area of Western Australia. It is a spreading shrub with whorled, egg-shaped to elliptic leaves and white to purplish-blue flowers.

Description

Prostanthera verticillaris is a spreading, openly-branched shrub that typically grows to a height of 0.5–2 m (1 ft 8 in–6 ft 7 in) and has hairy branches. The leaves are arranged in whorls of three or four, more or less glabrous, egg-shaped to elliptic, 9.5–11 mm (0.37–0.43 in) long, 4–6 mm (0.16–0.24 in) wide and sessile or on a petiole up to 1 mm (0.039 in) long. The flowers are borne on groups of six to eight near the ends of branches, each flower on a pedicel about 2 mm (0.079 in) long. The sepals form a tube about 3.5 mm (0.14 in) long with two lobes, the lower lobe about 2 mm (0.079 in) long and the upper lobe 4–4.5 mm (0.16–0.18 in) long. The petals are white to purplish-blue, 9–12 mm (0.35–0.47 in) long and form a tube with two lips, the lower centre lobe spatula-shaped, 5.3–6.8 mm (0.21–0.27 in) long and the side lobes about 2.5 mm (0.098 in) long. The upper lip is egg-shaped, about 4 mm (0.16 in) long and wide with a central notch about 1.2 mm (0.047 in) deep. Flowering occurs from September to October.

Taxonomy

Prostanthera verticillaris was first formally described in 1988 by Barry Conn in the journal Nuytsia from specimens collected by Kenneth Newbey north-east of Albany in 1967.

Distribution and habitat

This mintbush grows on granite outcrops and is only known from the type location in the Esperance Plains biogeographic regions of Western Australia.

Conservation status

Prostanthera verticillaris is classified as "Priority One" by the Government of Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife, meaning that it is known from only one or a few locations which are potentially at risk.

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