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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Nepetoideae
Tribus: Mentheae
Subtribus: Menthinae
Genus: Bystropogon
Species: B. canariensis – B. maderensis – B. odoratissimus – B. origanifolius – B. plumosus – B. punctatus – B. wildpretii
Nothospecies: B. × beltraniae – B. × schmitzii – B. × serrulatus

Bystropogon L'Hér., Sert. Angl.: 19 (1789), nom. cons.

Type species: Bystropogon plumosus (L.f.) L'Hér., typ. cons.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Macaronesia
Canary Islands, Madeira.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

L'Héritier de Brutelle, C.L. 1788. Sertum Anglicum, seu, Plantae rariores quae in hortis juxta Londinum: imprimis in horto regio Kewensi excoluntur, ab anno 1786 ad annum 1787 observatae. iv + 36 pp, 34 pl., Paris: Petri Francisci Didot. Biblioteca Digital Reference page. t. 22, t. 23

Additional references

Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. 2012. Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Volume 4: Dicotyledoneae: Fabaceae – Nymphaeaceae. Conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève, ISBN 978-2-8277-0126-1, 431 pp. PDF Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Bystropogon in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 April 5. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Bystropogon. Published online. Accessed: 5 April 2020. 2020. Bystropogon. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 7 Apr 2020.

Vernacular names
suomi: Pensasmintut
മലയാളം: ബൈസ്ട്രോപോഗൺ

Bystropogon is a genus of evergreen shrubs in the family Lamiaceae. It is native to the Canary Islands and Madeira in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.[1] Allied to the Origanum and Thymus, the genus is characterized by tiny flowers in much-branched clusters, with plume-like sepals that elongate at the fruiting stage, giving the whole tip of each branch a fuzzy appearance. Stems are square in cross-section and leaves, arranged in opposite pairs, are aromatic when crushed.

Cultivation The plant prefers mild and dry climates. Grow in very well-drained soil in sunny position. Propagate from seed or cuttings.

Many species names have been proposed for members of this genus, but most of them have been moved to other genera, particularly Clinopodium, Minthostachys, Cuminia, and Mesosphaerum. As currently constituted, the following are recognized in Bystropogon[1]

Bystropogon × beltraniae La Serna - Tenerife (B. canariensis var. smithianus × B. plumosus)
Bystropogon canariensis (L.) L'Hér. - Canary Islands
Bystropogon maderensis Webb & Berthel. - Madeira
Bystropogon odoratissimus Bolle - Tenerife
Bystropogon origanifolius L'Hér. - Canary Islands
Bystropogon plumosus (L.f.) L'Hér. - Tenerife
Bystropogon punctatus L'Hér. - Madeira
Bystropogon × schmitzii (Menezes) Menezes - Ribiero Frio in Madeira (B. maderensis × B. punctatus)
Bystropogon × serrulatus Webb & Berthel - Gran Canaria (B. canariensis × B. origanifolium var. canariae)
Bystropogon wildpretii La Serna - La Palma in the Canary Islands


Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families

Lord, Tony (2003) Flora : The Gardener's Bible : More than 20,000 garden plants from around the world. London: Cassell. ISBN 0-304-36435-5
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