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  1. Family: Lamiaceae Martinov
    1. Stachys L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cosmopolitan.


    Harley, R.M. et al. (2004). Labiatae, in The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants (K. Kubitzki, ed. in chief) VI: 167-275. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.

    Perennial or annual herbs or rarely small subshrubs, with simple and/or branched hairs, often strongly aromatic
    Leaves usually toothed, petiolate or rarely sessile
    Inflorescence thyrsoid or racemoid
    Flowers pedicellate, rarely sessile
    Bracts present or absent
    Bracteoles present or absent
    Calyx actinomorphic to weakly 2-lipped, 5-lobed, lobes equal or unequal (3/2), often spinose, tube with throat often barbate
    Corolla strongly 2-lipped, 4-lobed (1/3), posterior lip long, hooded or sometimes almost flat, externally pubescent, anterior lip with median lobe usually much larger than lateral lobes, corolla-tube annulate or rarely exannulate
    Stamens not exserted from corolla, thecae ± distinct, usually divaricate, rarely subparallel to parallel
    Stigma-lobes subequal or slightly unequal
    Nutlets obovoid to oblong, rarely flattened trigonous, rounded or sometimes winged at apex.
    2n =10, 16, 18, 24, 30, 32, 34, 48, 64, 66, 68, 80, 102.  About 300 species A cladistic analysis by Lindquist and Albert (2002) suggests that Betonica and other Stachys may have different origins.
    Various habitats
    Cosmopolitan, except for Australia (introduced to New Zealand, Middle Atlantic Ocean, Southwestern and North-Central Pacific. Doubtfully present in Indo-China

    Lamiaceae (Labiatae), A.J. Paton, G. Bramley, O. Ryding, R.M. Polhill, Y.B. Harvey, M. Iwarsson, F. Willis, P.B. Phillipson, K. Balkwill, C.W. Lukhoba, D.F. Otieno, & R.M. Harley. Stachys, Y.B. Harvey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

    Perennial scandent or erect herbs, seldom aromatic, with an indumentum of simple, biramous, dendroid or stellate hairs
    Stems quadrangular or roundedquadrangular, sometimes armed with prickles
    Leaves opposite, distichous or decussate, petiolate or sessile
    Inflorescences lax, with verticils variously 2–12(–16)flowered; bracts similar to cauline leaves, but smaller; bracteoles linear or subulate
    Calyx regularly 5-toothed, campanulate to funnel-shaped, 10-veined, not or enlarging only slightly in fruit
    Corolla white, pink, purplish or blue, 2-lipped; tube straight with annulus at midpoint; posterior lip flattened or slightly hooded; anterior lip with two small rounded lateral lobes and a large median lobe
    Stamens held under posterior lip adnating to just above mid-point of the tube; filaments sometimes pubescent; anthers 2-thecous, divaricate
    Disk equally 4-lobed
    Ovary deeply 4-lobed; style gynobasic, bifid, branches equal
    Nutlets ovoid, minutely tuberculate and rounded at apex, with a small basal scar.
    Several species are widely cultivated as ornamentals.  Stachys affinis Bunge is cultivated for its edible, subterranean tubers



    Doubtfully present in:


    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Alabama, Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Assam, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Burundi, Buryatiya, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central European Rus, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Corse, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, District of Columbia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Florida, France, Free State, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Honduras, Hungary, Illinois, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kamchatka, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Louisiana, Madagascar, Madeira, Magadan, Maine, Malawi, Manchuria, Manitoba, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Qinghai, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Rwanda, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, Somalia, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vermont, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Yukon, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Arizona, Ascension, Bermuda, Easter Is., Galápagos, Hawaii, Juan Fernández Is., Leeward Is., Mali, Maryland, Mississippi, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, Norfolk Is., Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico, St.Helena, Tasmania, Tristan da Cunha, Windward Is.

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Stachys L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Ash [1024], Ethiopia 35506.000
    Sebsebe, D. [2312], Ethiopia 54597.000
    Balansa, B. [2927], Vietnam K000853945
    Balansa, B. [2928], Vietnam K000853946
    Smiles, H.H. [s.n.], Thailand K000853944


    First published in Sp. Pl.: 580 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Krestovskaya, T. (2011). The critical review of species of the genus Stachys L. section Eriostemum Hoffmanns. et Link (Labiatae) Novosti Sistematiki Vysshikh Rastenii 42: 198-221.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • —F.T.A. 5: 465.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Kubitzki, Fam. Gen. Vasc. Pl. 7: 223 (2004)
    • K.B. 51: 433–454 (1996)
    • K.B. 48: 327–341 (1993)
    • Norw. Journ. Bot. 18: 121–137 (1971)
    • N.B.G.B. 8: 625–646 (1923)
    • Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 253 (1754)
    • Sp. Pl. 580 (1753)

    Lamiaceae Key Genus Fact Sheets

    • Harley RM, Atkins S, Budantsev AL, Cantino PD, Conn BJ, Grayer R, Harley MM, de Kok RPJ, Krestovskaja T, Morales R, Paton AJ, Ryding O, and Upson T. 2004. Labiatae, in The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants (K. Kubitzki, ed. in chief) VI: 167-275. Sp
    • Bhattacharjee, Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 38: 65-96 (1980).
    • Menitskia (Krestovsk.) Krestovsk., Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) 91: 1893 (2006).
    • Stachyus St.-Lag., Ann. Soc. Bot. Lyon 7: 109 (1880).
    • Aspasia E.Mey. ex Pfeiff., Nomencl. Bot. 1: 295 (1873).
    • Ortostachys Fourr., Ann. Soc. Linn. Lyon, n.s., 17: 136 (1869).
    • Trixella Fourr., Ann. Soc. Linn. Lyon, n.s., 17: 135 (1869).
    • Olisia Spach, Hist. Nat. Vég. 9: 166 (1840).
    • Eriostemum Steud., Nomencl. Bot., ed. 2, 1: 588 (1840).
    • Eriostomum Hoffmanns. & Link, Fl. Portug. 1: 105 (1809).
    • Tetrahitum Hoffmanns. & Link, Fl. Portug. 1: 103 (1809).
    • Galeopsis Moench, Methodus: 397 (1794), nom. illeg.
    • Bonamya Neck., Elem. Bot. 1: 316 (1790), opus utique oppr.
    • Trixago Haller, Hist. Stirp. Helv. 1: 101 (1768).
    • Zietenia Gled., Syst. Pl. Stamin. Situ: 185 (1764).
    • Tetrahit Gérard (1761).
    • Galeopsis Hill, Brit. Herb.: 359 (1756), nom. illeg.
    • Betonica L., Sp. Pl.: 573 (1753).
    • Stachys L., Sp. Pl. 2: 580 (1753)
    • Lamiostachys Krestovsk., Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) 91: 1258 (2006).


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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