Friday, December 14, 2012

Botany picture #14: Minthostachys acris

Minthostachys acris (Lamiaceae) from the highlands of southern Peru as a second example. It is the dominant species in the area around Cuzco and used by the local population although not as intensively as its congener in Argentina. For decades it was mistakenly called Minthostachys glabrescens but that scientific name actually belongs to a rarely collected local endemic from northernmost Peru, while this species was left without a formal name despite being much better known.

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