Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Miniature Beefsteak-plant + - Mosla dianthera   (Buchanan-Hamilton ex Roxburgh) Maximowicz
Members of Lamiaceae:
Only member of Mosla in NC.
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Author(Buchanan-Hamilton ex Roxburgh) Maximowicz
DistributionRapidly increasing/spreading in the western part of the state. There is a specimen from Cherokee County, Forest Service road 5 miles WNW of Murphy, 4 October 2011, Ed Schwartzman s.n. (NCU, WCUH). There are now recent -- 2020 and later -- photo records on iNaturalist from Transylvania, McDowell, Anson, and Wake counties; plus a photo record for Avery County in 2022.

Native to Eastern Asia; in N.A. IN, KY, TN, AL, GA, NC.
AbundanceApparently rare, but Weakley (2018) states that it is becoming a noxious weed in KY, TN, and western NC.
HabitatMargin of US Forest Service road, other disturbed ground.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-September.
IdentificationThis mint is about 1-3 feet tall, with well-spaced, lance-shaped to ovate paired leaves. The inflorescences arise terminally and from upper leaf axils; they are slender and hold many flowers. The upper calyx lobes are curved a bit upwards; the lower ones are straight. The corollas are small, tubular and with the lower lip rather downcurved, pale pink in color.
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Jess SchanerAvery County; August 2022; growing in a bog AveryPhoto_non_natural
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