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Salvia discolor (Scott Zona) 001

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: Salviinae
Genus: Salvia
Subgenus: S. subg. Calosphace
Sectio: S. sect. Discolores
Species: Salvia discolor

Salvia discolor Kunth in Humb. & al., Nov. Gen. Sp. 2: 294. 1818.

Salvia discolor Sessé & Moc. = Salvia leucantha Cav., Icon. 1: 16 (1791).
Salvia discolor Sennen = Salvia verbenaca L., Sp. Pl.: 25 (1753).


Salvia bonplandiana F.Dietr., Nachtr. Vollst. Lex. Gärtn. 7: 403. 1821.
Salvia mexicana Hemsl., Gard. Chron., n.s., 19: 341. 1883,nom. illeg.
Salvia nigricans Hemsl., Gard. Chron., n.s., 19: 341. 1883.

Native distribution areas:
Primary references

Kunth, C.S. in Humboldt, F.W.H.A.v. & al. (1818) Nov. Gen. Sp. 2: 294.

Additional references

Govaerts, R.H.A. 2003. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [unavailable for the public] Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Salvia discolor in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 May 09. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2022. Salvia discolor. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2022. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2022 May 09. Reference page. 2022. Salvia discolor. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 09 May 2022.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Salvia discolor. Published online. Accessed: May 09 2022.

Vernacular names
English: Andean sage
español: Yatoma

Salvia discolor (Andean sage) is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, growing in a very localized area in Peru. It is equally rare in horticulture and in its native habitat. William Robinson wrote of its charms in 1933.

The plant is scandent, meaning that it climbs without the use of tendrils, with wiry white stems growing from its base. Mistletoe-green leaves of various sizes grow in pairs about 1–2 in apart on the stem, with the undersides covered in white hairs. The leaves, stem and flower buds all exhibit a strong and distinct odour of blackcurrant. The 1 in long deeply saturated dark purple flowers are held in a pistachio-green calyx, growing on 1 ft or longer inflorescences. The stems of the inflorescences are shiny and covered with glands, which frequently have insects stuck to them. It blooms during hot spells through summer and autumn and is a frequently grown ornamental on the French and Italian Rivieras, where it grows 3 ft high and wide.[1][2]

Clebsch, Betsy; Barner, Carol D. (2003). The New Book of Salvias. Timber Press. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-88192-560-9.
"RHS Plant Selector - Salvia discolor". Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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