The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Bok Tower Gardens
The conservation of Calamintha ashei is fully sponsored.
Nick Baker contributed to this Plant Profile.
Calamintha asheii is an aromatic (member of the mint family), bushy shrub that can grow to two feet tall. Its up to 1/2 inch-long leaves are needle-like, and it produces small, pinkish-purple flowers from January to April. It is found mostly in openings of pine scrub habitat in Florida, but can also be found in disturbed areas such as abandoned fields, roadsides, and fire lanes. (NatureServe 2001; FNAI 2001)
Distribution & Occurrence
Grows in sand dunes along the Ohoopee River. Found in canopy openings and disturbed areas in the sand pine/scrub oak communities of Florida's xeric uplands. (Coile 2000) Often found with scattered rosemary, woody goldenrod, and red mint shrub or scarlet wild basil.
|There are 60 to 80 occurrences in the Florida Central Highlands and southeastern Georgia. (NatureServe 2001)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Find common characteristics of vigorous populations
Assess proper management methods
Protect existing populations
Further develop and implement formal recovery plan.
Carrington, M.E. 1999. Post-fire seedling establishment in Florida sand pine scrub. Journal of Vegetation Science. 10, 3: 403-412.
Fischer, N.H.; Williamson, G.B.; Weidenhamer, J.D. 1994. In Search of Alleopathy in the Florida Scrub--The Role of Terpenoids. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 20, 6: 1355-1380.
Hernandez, H.P. Search for Allelochemicals in Rice (Oryza sativa L.) and Structure Determination of External Flavonoids of Calamintha ashei. Dissertation Abstracts International. 50-05, Section: B: 1944.
Macias, F.A.; Fronczek, F.R.; Fischer, N.H. 1989. Menthofurans from Calamintha ashei and the Absolute Configuration of Desacetycalminthone. Phytochemistry. 28, 1: 79-82.
Menges, E.S.; Kimmich, J. 1996. Microhabitat and time-since-fire: Effects on demography of Eryngium cuneifolium (Apiaceae), a Florida scrub endemic plant. American Journal of Botany. 83, 2: 185-191.
Shinners, L.H. 1962. Calamintha (Labiatae) in the southern United States. Sida. 1: 69-75.
Tanrisever, N. Plant Germination and Growth Inhibitors from Ceratiola ericoides and Calamintha ashei. Dissertation Abstracts International. 47-08, Section: B: 3190.
Tanrisever, N.; Fischer, N.H.; Williamson, G.B. 1988. Menthofurans from Calamintha ashei - Effects on Schizachyrium scoparium and Lactuca sativa. Phytochemistry. 27, 8: 2523-2526.
Weidenhamer, J.; Menelaou, M.A.; Macias, F.A.; Fischer, N.H.; Richardson, D.R.; Williamson, G.B. 1994. Allelopathic potential of menthofuran monoterpenes from Calamintha ashei. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 20, 12: 3345-3359.