Seeds of South Australia
Prostanthera behriana (Labiatae)
Tall Mintbush
List of species for Prostanthera
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Seed collecting:
November to December
Herbarium regions:
Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Lucindale (NCP03)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [granite outcrops, localised]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Regionally Extinct   [1 record, if good, presumed extinct]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [limited habitat; likes granite, rocky outcrops]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Near Threatened   [limited habitat; likes granite, rocky outcrops]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Endangered   (IUCN: EN D)   (Probable Decline)
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)   [grazing pressure.]
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   (Probable Decline)   [localised]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [highly restricted]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Prostanthera]
Name derivation:
Greek 'prosthece' an appendage, 'anthera' anther, refers to the spur-like part of the anther. Behriana named after Hermann H. Behr (1818-1904), a German-American doctor, entomologist and botanist, who collected in South Australia.
Grows in heathlands in sandy soils and woodland in loamy soils.
Plant description:
Erect to straggling shrub, 1-2.5 m high. Leaves light-green, sparsely to densely hairy, 9-26mm long, 2-6mm wide, lamina obovate to narrowly ovate. Inflorescence raceme-like on leafy branches, corolla distinctly 2-lipped, 5-lobed, purple-white with distinct brown-red dots in the throat. Flowering July - January.
Fruit type:
Fruiting calyx not enlarged; mericarps 2-3 mm long
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
22500 (30.73 & 3.6 g)
22500 (34.37 g)
Southern Lofty
1-Aug-200715 & 100-18°C
BGA1800 (3.42 g)8-Dec-2010DJD2062
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.