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Striped Mint-bush (Prostanthera striatiflora)

Other names: Arrwatnurlke, streaked Mintbush, Jockeys Cap

This mint bush is widely distributed in inland Australia, throughout Central Australia and outback New South Wales.

The term ‘striatiflora’ means striped flowers, describing the white bell shaped flower, with its 2 lobed upper lip and 3 lobed lower lip. The widely open throat of the flower is purple-striped and with yellowish dots on the lower inside of the flower.

Found growing in rocky gorges and outcrops and can be found growing in the rocky hills around Alice Springs.

The leaves of the striped mintbush is very fragrant, and are grounded by the Arrernte people and the juice used to dry out sores. The leaves are also burnt for inhalation smoke, or made into a rubbing medicine to treat cold and flu symptoms.

Striped Mint-bush

Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Striped Mint-bush (Prostanthera striatiflora) © Colin Leel, September 2007

Striped Mint-bush (Prostanthera striatiflora) © Colin Leel, September 2007

Striped Mint-bush (Prostanthera striatiflora) © Colin Leel, September 2007

Striped Mint-bush (Prostanthera striatiflora) © Colin Leel, September 2007

Striped Mint-bush (Prostanthera striatiflora) © Colin Leel, September 2007

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