Striped Mint-bush (Prostanthera
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.