Spearmint

Fresh mint on a wooden table. The rustic style. Selective focus

Mentha spicata

Spearmint (Wikipedia)

Spearmint
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Lamiales
Family:Lamiaceae
Genus:Mentha
Species:
M. spicata
Binomial name
Mentha spicata
Synonyms

(of M. spicata subsp. condensata)

  • Mentha chalepensis Mill.
  • Mentha microphylla K.Koch
  • Mentha sieberi K.Koch
  • Mentha sofiana Trautm.
  • Mentha spicata subsp. tomentosa Harley
  • Mentha stenostachya (Boiss.) Nevski
  • Mentha subsessilis Borbás
  • Mentha tomentosa d'Urv.

(of M. spicata subsp. spicata)

  • Mentha aquatica var. crispa (L.) Benth.
  • Mentha aquatica subsp. crispa (L.) G.Mey.
  • Mentha atrata Schur
  • Mentha balsamea Rchb.
  • Mentha brevispicata Lehm.
  • Mentha crispa L.
  • Mentha crispata Schrad. ex Willd.
  • Mentha glabra Mill.
  • Mentha hortensis Opiz ex Fresen.
  • Mentha inarimensis Guss.
  • Mentha integerrima Mattei & Lojac.
  • Mentha laciniosa Schur
  • Mentha laevigata Willd.
  • Mentha lejeuneana Opiz
  • Mentha lejeunei Opiz ex Rchb.
  • Mentha michelii Ten. ex Rchb.
  • Mentha ocymiodora Opiz
  • Mentha pectinata Raf.
  • Mentha piperella (Lej.) Opiz ex Lej. & Courtois
  • Mentha × piperita var. crispa (L.) W.D.J.Koch
  • Mentha pudina Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.
  • Mentha romana Bubani
  • Mentha romana Garsault
  • Mentha rosanii Ten.
  • Mentha rubicunda var. langiana Topitz
  • Mentha sepincola Holuby
  • Mentha spicata var. cordato-ovata Schinz & Thell.
  • Mentha spicata var. crispa Ridd.
  • Mentha spicata var. crispata (Schrad. ex Willd.) Schinz & Thell.
  • Mentha spicata subsp. glabrata (Lej. & Courtois) Lebeau
  • Mentha spicata var. oblongifolia (Wimm. & Grab.) Lebeau
  • Mentha spicata var. piperella (Lej. & Courtois) Schinz & Thell.
  • Mentha spicata var. undulata (Willd.) Lebeau
  • Mentha spicata var. viridis L.
  • Mentha sylvestris var. crispata W.D.J.Koch
  • Mentha sylvestris var. glabra W.D.J.Koch
  • Mentha sylvestris var. undulata (Willd.) W.D.J.Koch
  • Mentha tauschii Heinr.Braun
  • Mentha tenuiflora Opiz
  • Mentha tenuis Michx.
  • Mentha undulata Willd.
  • Mentha viridifolia Pérard
  • Mentha viridis (L.) L.
  • Mentha viridis var. angustifolia Lej. ex Rchb.
  • Mentha viridis var. crispa Benth.
  • Mentha viridis var. crispata (Schrad. ex Willd.) Becker
  • Mentha walteriana Opiz

Spearmint, also known as garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint, is a species of mint, Mentha spicata, native to Europe and southern temperate Asia, extending from Ireland in the west to southern China in the east. It is naturalized in many other temperate parts of the world, including northern and southern Africa, North America and South America. It is used as a flavouring in food and herbal teas. The aromatic oil, called oil of spearmint, is also used as a flavouring and sometimes as a scent.

The species and its subspecies have many synonyms, including Mentha crispa, Mentha crispata and Mentha viridis.

Spearmint (Wiktionary)

English

Wikispecies

Etymology

So named from its spiry, not capitate, inflorescence.

spear +‎ mint

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈspɪəˌmɪnt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈspɪɹˌmɪnt/

Noun

spearmint (plural spearmints)

  1. Mentha spicata, A herb of the mint family, commonly used in herb tea, candy and to treat mild stomach ache.

Translations

Anagrams

  • antisperm, parentism, spermatin
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