Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Monarda punctata Linnaeus var. occidentalis (Epling) Palmer & Steyermark
(Spotted Pagoda Plant, Spotted Beebalm)

Family: Lamiaceae

Status: Native


Monarda punctata var. occidentalis is an erect mint with lanceolate leaves and a unique flower. The flower has an arcing upper lip, and a lobed and spotted lower lip. The bracts are spreading to downward pointing and very hairy. Monarda punctata var. occidentalis is found in sandy benches near streams and in canyons.
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Monarda punctata var. occidentalis, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Burro Mtns., Wild Horse Canyon, Sept. 18, 2007

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