KEY TO TEXAS SPECIES

1. Leaves simple, not at all dissected.....T. canadense 

1. Leaves deeply lobed or dissected (2)

2. Corollas with lower lips 8-12 mm long.....T. laciniatum 

2. Corollas with lower lips 3-6 mm long (3)

3. Stems and foliage pilose; trans-Pecos, mostly ca 3500 ft along the Rio Grande or its tributaries.....T. depressum 

3. Stems and foliage glabrous to minutely hispidulous; south Texas or Chisos Mts of trans-Pecos (4)

4. Midstems mostly deeply lobed to the base or nearly so, the lateral divisions linear-lanceolate, 10-20 mm long; Chisos Mts.....T. coahuilanum 

4. Midstems mostly moderately lobed, scarcely to the base, the lateral divisions linear-oblanceolate, 5-10(12) mm long; southern Texas.....T. cubense 

Descriptions

TEUCRIUM CANADENSE L. Sp. Pl. 564. 1753.
AMERICAN GERMANDER
CANADIAN TEUCRIUM
Teucrium canadense   var. occidentale  (A. Gray) McCl. & Epling

Throughout most of the U.S.A., northern Mexico and Caribbean islands, mostly occurring in deep silty clay soils along streams, etc.; Apr-Nov.

In Texas, an easily recognized species because of its undissected leaves.

McClintock and Epling (1946) recognized 3 sympatric varieties within this species, none of which appears sustainable, the species being extremely variable throughout its range, both as to leaf shape and pubescence. Correll and Johnston (1970), however, following McClintock and Epling, recognized two of these (var. canadense and var. occidentale) as occurring in Texas, distinguishing between them by characters which do not seem to define regionally meaningful categories.

Named for Canada, where first collected.


TEUCRIUM COAHUILANUM B.L. Turner, in prep.
COAHUILAN TEUCRIUM

North central Mexico and closely adjacent trans-Pecos, Texas, 1200-2000 m; May-Sep.

Much resembling T. cubense but the leaves more deeply cleft, the foliage and stem usually to some extent pubescent.

McClintock and Epling (1946) recognized this taxon as part of their concept T. cubense subsp. laevigatum (= T. laevigatum Vahl.), but the latter is typified by South American material quite different from that of T. coahuilanum. Occasional plants from the trans-Pecos approach those of the more eastern T. cubense and a more conservative treatment might treat these two taxa as but varietally distinct.

Named for the Mexican state of Coahuila where the species is especially common.


TEUCRIUM CUBENSE Jacq., Enum. Syst. Pl. Carib. 25. 1760.
CUBAN TEUCRIUM
Melosmon cubense  (Jacq.) Small
Teucrium cubense   subsp. chamaedrifolium  Epling

Annual or short-lived nearly glabrous perennial herbs to 50 cm high; midstem leaves mostly merely pinnately lobed.

McClintock and Epling (1946) recognized 5 subspecies under this taxon, 3 of these occurring in Texas. We recognize the several Texas elements as species, finding little, if any, intergradation between them. In addition, we cannot accept their treatment of T. cubense as having an amphitropical distribution, with two of the subspecies (cordobensis and cubensis) occurring in temperate South America. We would treat both of the latter as specific taxa.

Named for the island of Cuba where first collected.


TEUCRIUM DEPRESSUM Small, Bull. N.Y. Bot. Gard. 1: 288. 1899.
DESERT TEUCRIUM

Chihuahuan and Sonoran desert regions of the U.S.A. and Mexico, extending into trans-Pecos Texas; Apr-Jun.

Small annual or short-lived perennial herbs to 30 cm high, the stems much branched from the base; stems and leaves moderately hirsute with spreading hairs.

McClintock and Epling (1946) treated this well-defined species as a subspecies of their broad concept of T. cubense, while Jepson (1925: Man. Fl. Pl. Calif. 861) treated it as a variety of that species. We believe the taxon to be specifically distinct; T. depressum occurs in a distinct ecogeographic region and does not appear to intergrade with the more eastern mesic species, T. cubense.

Named for the small habit or depressed stature.


TEUCRIUM LACINIATUM Torr., Ann. Lyc. N.Y. 2: 231. 1828.
GRASSLAND TEUCRIUM

South central U.S.A. from Colorado to central Texas, in mostly grassland habitats; May-Aug.

Low perennial herbs 10-20 cm high forming small colonies by rhizomatous offshoots; corollas white, relatively large with very pronounced lower lips.

A very distinct species, not easily confused with another because of its low habit and large flowers.

Named for its laciniate or deeply incised leaves.


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