Species

Melissa officinalis

Etymology

officinalis: From the Latin officina shortened from opificina which originally meant 'workshop' but later came to mean a monastic storeroom, herb-room or pharmacy. Refers to the plant's real or perceived medicinal value.

Common Name(s)

lemon balm

Family

Lamiaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

NVS Species Code

MELOFF

The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites

Flower Colours

Red / Pink,White

Year Naturalised

1904

Origin

Eurasia

This page last updated on 18 Jan 2010