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Genus: Mentha

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Lamiales > Family: Lamiaceae

The 25 species are mainly found in temperate regions of the Old World. Two species are native to southern Africa and an additional five species and three hybrids are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Mentha aquatica (Water mint)


Mentha longifolia (Horse mint)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Mentha arvensis (Field mint)

Native to Eurasia.


Mentha pulegium (Pennyroyal)

Native to Europe and western Asia.


Mentha spicata (Spearmint)


Mentha suaveolens (Apple mint)

Native to southern and western Asia.


Mentha villosa


Mentha x gracilis


Mentha x piperita (Peppermint)


Mentha x rotundifolia (Round-leaved mint)



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