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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/14/23):
Melissa officinalis   FAMILY Lamiaceae   Go to FSUS key



SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melissa officinalis   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)

Melissa officinalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)

Melissa officinalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 164-26-001:

Melissa officinalis   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)

Melissa officinalis

 

COMMON NAME:
Lemon Balm


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image of Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_meof2_001_lvd

        

image of Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm

JK Marlow    jkm200804_6809

August    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Leaves are lemon-scented and ovate with scalloped margins, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998).

image of Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm

JK Marlow    jkm200804_6810

August    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Flowers about 1/2 inch long with very short lips, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998).

 

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/14/23):
Melissa officinalis   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melissa officinalis   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Melissa officinalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)
Melissa officinalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 164-26-001:
Melissa officinalis   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Melissa officinalis

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

3337

Forb
Perennial

Habitat: Disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

Non-native: west Asia

Rare

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Petioles 1-4cm long
Margins crenate

FLOWER:
Summer
Pale blue, white
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped 5-toothed calyx
2-lipped corolla, upper lip two-toothed, lower lip three-lobed
4 exserted stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer?

 

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