Mentha satureioides

Family Lamiaceae

Creeping Mint

Mat-forming herb with ascending to prostrate branches at nodes. Spreading by rhizome perhaps up to 1 m. Longevity indefinite.

Flowers: Small, white or pink. Probably insect pollinated.

Fruit: Small capsule 3 mm wide and 5 mm long containing up to 4 seeds but averaging only 2 seeds per fruit.

Seed: Dry, mature December. Dispersed locally. Some dormancy.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout

Ecology

  • Woodland and grassland habitat in full sun to light shade.
  • Occasional, localised in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprouts from rhizome after fire.
  • Appears to by dying back during extended dry conditions, 2000 - 2006.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Mentha satureioides plant

Mentha satureioides flower

Mentha satureioides fruit

Mentha satureioides seed