Mentha spicata Linnaeus 1753 (Family Lamiaceae)


Plant

Leaf

Flower

Fruit

Height: 20-80cm
Perennial, Rhizomatous
Hermaphrodite, Flowering July - September (Earliest: 15.8)

Protective Chemicals
Monoterpenoids Carveol, Carvone, Limonene, Menthol,
Phellandrene, Pulegone
Flavonoids Linarin
Other Phenolics Tannins
Acids Acetic, Butyric, Caproic, Caprylic, Palmitic

Biotopes:
Wet Meadows
Flower Visitors:
Eristalis tenax
Parasites:
Septoria menthae
Possible Parasites:
Amauromyza labiatarum
Herbivores:
Pyrausta aurata Larva

Several Chrysomelidae
Possible Herbivores:
Vanessa cardui

Several Tortricidae

Polymixis flavicincta

Anania hortulata

Pseudopanthera macularia

Tenthredo atra Larva
Sapivores:
Eupteryx atropunctata
Possible Sapivores:
Lygocoris pabulinus

Eupteryx aurata

Eupteryx vittata

Thrips fuscipennis
Granivores:
Liocoris tripustulatus

Ecological Flora of the British Isles
Skye Flora: Spearmint and Apple Mint


Pictures © 2003, 2004, 2005 J.K. Lindsey

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