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Wild Flowers of Central Australia
Striped Mintbush
Prostanthera striatiflora

The Striped Mintbush is a shrub found growing up to 2 m high and is part of a group of ‘mint bushes’ whose leaves are highly aromatic.

It flowers in late winter to spring, when the shrub are covered in clusters of white flowers, appearing towards the end of the branches. The flowers throat open to reveal prominent purple-striped and orange-yellow dots on the lower side.

In its natural habitat is it often found growing on rocky outcrops, slopes and creeklines.
 

Known as Arrwatnurlke by the local Arrernte people the plant is used by them as bush medicine either by crushing the leaves and using the extract as rubbing medicine and to dry out sores, or burning the leaves to make inhaling smoke to treat flu-like symptoms.

This shrub is also known as Streaked Mintbush and Jockeys Cap.

Wild Flowers in Central Australia

Striped Mint Bush

Striped Mintbush (Prostanthera striatiflora) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Striped Mintbush (Prostanthera striatiflora) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Striped Mintbush (Prostanthera striatiflora) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Striped Mintbush (Prostanthera striatiflora) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Striped Mintbush (Prostanthera striatiflora) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Striped Mintbush (Prostanthera striatiflora) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

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