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Glechoma hederacea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Glechoma L.

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Glechoma is a genus of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is distributed in northern Asia ane Europe with a center of diversity in Asia, especially China.[1]

These plants are perennial herbs with stolons. The stems are prostrate or upright and bear leaf blades on long petioles. The inflorescences arising from the leaf axils have two to many flowers. The tubular corolla has two lobed lips,[2] and is generally blue-violet.[1] The genus is closely related to Marmoritis.[1]

There are six to eight species.[1]

Species include:[2]


Insects found on Glechoma include the carpenter bee Xylocopa sinensis, which robs nectar from G. longituba.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Jang, T. and S. Hong. (2010). Comparative pollen morphology of Glechoma and Marmoritis (Nepetinae, Lamiaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution 48(6), 464-73.
  2. ^ a b Glechoma. Flora of China.
  3. ^ Zhang, Y. W., et al. (2007). Nectar robbing of a carpenter bee and its effects on the reproductive fitness of Glechoma longituba (Lamiaceae). Plant Ecology 193(1), 1-13.

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