Hedgehog Sage


a small, mint, Pycnostachys sp. from Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

This plant was found near a pasture area at Eldoret, Kenya. January 2012.

inflorescence of a mint, Pycnostachys species photo © Michael Plagens

LEAVES: The opposite leaves are narrowly triangular and toothed along margins. They are set in opposite pairs along the stem.

HERBACEOUS: Herbaceous growth probably from a more permanent below ground portion. This plant was about 30 cm tall. The stems are strongly four-angled in cross-section.

FLOWERS: The closely packed spike of flowers retains a bluish-purple cast even when none of the flowers is widely open.

RANGE: This specimen was found at Eldoret. There are several Pycnostachys species native to East Africa.



Lamiaceae -- Mint Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History
Mint Family: Lamiaceae

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 17 October 2012