Sunday, January 22, 2017

Botany picture #239: Gardoquia tomentosa

Apparently I currently do not have anything major to post about, so here comes another plant: Gardoquia tomentosa (Lamiaceae), Botanic Garden of Goettingen, Germany, 2004. The plant is from Ecuador, if memory serves, and it is part of the New World radiation of the aromatic Mentheae tribe. The genus name is actually currently not accepted, although it once used to refer to the bright red to orange-flowered, bird-pollinated members of the clade. I believe these species are officially still in Clinopodium, although that doesn't make any sense either given that Clinopodium proper is restricted to the old world.

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