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Mentha


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(mint; family Lamiaceae)

A genus of herbs that have creeping rhizomes and flowers with a 10–13-nerved calyx with 5 nearly equal teeth, a corolla with 4 nearly equal lobes, and 4 equal stamens. The plants contain pleasantly fragrant volatile oils, much used in flavouring and for sauces. The oil is extracted and also used as a mild antiseptic. There are 25 species and many hybrids, occurring in temperate Eurasia and in S. Africa.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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