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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: Prostantheroideae
Tribus: Westringieae
Genus: Westringia
Overview of species

W. acifolia – W. amabilis – W. angustifolia – W. blakeana – W. brevifolia – W. capitonia – W. cephalantha – W. cheelii – W. crassifolia – W. cremnophila – W. dampieri – W. davidii – W. discipulorum – W eremicola – W. fitzgeraldensis – W. fruticosa – W. glabra – W. grandifolia – W. kydrensis – W. longifolia – W. lucida – W. lurida – W. ophioglossa – W. parvifolia – W. rigida – W. rubiifolia – W. rupicola – W. saxatilis – W. senifolia – W. sericea – W. tenuicaulis – W. viminalis

Westringia Sm. Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 18: 173.

Type species: Westringia fruticosa (Willd.) Druce, Rep. Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916: 652 (1917)

Native distribution areas:

Norfolk Islands, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia.

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

Smith, J.E. 1797. Kongliga Vetenskaps Academiens Handlingar 18: 173.
Duretto, M.F. 2011. The application of Bernard Boiven’s Tasmanian names in Westringia (Lamiaceae). Kanunnah, 4: 89–92. [not seen]
Guerin, G.R. 2009. A revision of Westringia section Cephalowestringia (Lamiaceae: Westringieae). Australian Systematic Botany, 22(2): 121–136. DOI: 10.1071/SB08030 Reference page.
Wilson, T.C., Henwood, M.J. & Conn, B.J. 2012. Status of the genus Wrixonia F.Muell. (Lamiaceae), Telopea, 14: 1–3. Available on line [1]. Accessed 2014, June 21. With a modified key to Westringieae. This reduction of the genus to synonymy with Prostanthera is not accepted by all authorities


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Westringia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 July 26. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Westringia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 July 26. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Westringia. Published online. Accessed: 26 July 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Westringia in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 July 26. 2019. Westringia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 July 26.

Vernacular names

Westringia is a genus of Australian shrubs. As with other members of the mint family their upper petal (or lip) is divided into two lobes. There are four stamens - the upper two are fertile while the lower two are reduced to staminodes. The leaves are in whorls of 3 or 4.[1]


Westringia has been found in the wild in all 6 states of Australia, as well as on Norfolk Island, but not in the Northern Territory.[2]
Species list

The following is a list of the species of Westringia described and recognised by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families at Kew Gardens[2][3]

Westringia acifolia G.R.Guerin
Westringia amabilis B.Boivin (N.S.W., Qld.)
Westringia angustifolia R.Br. - scabrous westringia (Tas.)
Westringia blakeana B.Boivin - Blake's mint-bush
Westringia brevifolia Benth. - greater shortleaf westringia
Westringia capitonia G.R.Guerin
Westringia cephalantha F.Muell.
Westringia cheelii Maiden & Betche
Westringia crassifolia N.A.Wakef. - whipstick westringia (Vic.)
Westringia cremnophila N.A.Wakef. - Snowy River westringia (Vic.)
Westringia dampieri R.Br. - shore westringia (W.A.)
Westringia davidii B.J.Conn - David's westringia
Westringia discipulorum S.Moore - white button bush
Westringia eremicola A.Cunn. ex Benth. - slender westringia
Westringia fitzgeraldensis R.W.Davis & Jobson
Westringia fruticosa (Willd.) Druce - coastal rosemary
Westringia glabra R.Br. - violet westringia
Westringia grandifolia Benth.
Westringia kydrensis B.J.Conn - Kydra westringia
Westringia longepedunculata B.Boivin
Westringia longifolia R.Br. - long-leaved westringia
Westringia lucida B.Boivin - shining westringia
Westringia lurida Gand.
Westringia ophioglossa R.W.Davis & Jobson
Westringia parvifolia C.T.White & W.D.Francis
Westringia rigida R.Br. - stiff westringia
Westringia rubiifolia R.Br. - sticky westringia
Westringia rupicola S.T.Blake
Westringia saxatilis B.J.Conn
Westringia senifolia F.Muell. - alpine westringia
Westringia sericea B.Boivin - silky rosemary; native rosemary
Westringia tenuicaulis C.T.White & W.D.Francis - tufted westringia
Westringia viminalis B.J.Conn & Tozer - Lord Howe westringia


Guerin, G.R. (2009). A revision of Westringia section Cephalowestringia (Lamiaceae: Westringieae). Australian Systematic Botany 22: 121-136.
"World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
"Westringia". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2009-05-15.

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