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Lavandula minutolii was named by the German naturalist Carl Bolle in 1860 to commemorate Julius von Minutoli (1804-1860), an amateur artist, scientist and Prussian civil servant who travelled to and wrote about the Canary Islands.

Lavandula minutolii

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General Description
Lavandula minutolii is an attractive winter-flowering shrub for the conservatory with aromatic, feathery grey leaves and spikes of blue flowers.

Lavandula minutolii was named by the German naturalist Carl Bolle in 1860 to commemorate Julius von Minutoli (1804-1860), an amateur artist, scientist and Prussian civil servant who travelled to and wrote about the Canary Islands.

Two varieties of Lavandula minutolii are recognised: L. minutolii var. minutolii and L. minutolii var. tenuipinna.

Species Profile
Geography and distribution

The species is found only on the Canary Islands, from sea level to 1,500 m. Lavandula minutoli i var. minutolii is found on Gran Canaria and L. minutolii var. tenuipinna on Tenerife.

Description

Lavandula minutolii is a small, attractive, aromatic, woody shrub up to around 1 m high. The narrow greyish-green, aromatic leaves are deeply divided and covered with minute woolly hairs, giving an almost feathery effect.

The spikes of violet-blue flowers are carried well above the foliage on long, slender stems. The flowers are small, 8-9 mm across, violet-blue, and produced from January or, at elevations above 800 m, from March.

Lavandula minutolii var. tenuipinna differs slightly in having broader leaves with secondary lobing and smaller flowers.

Threats and conservation

Lavandula minutolii var. minutolii is only locally abundant and has been assessed as Near Threatened (NT) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Lavendula minutolii var. tenuipinna is considered Vulnerable (VU) D1+2 because it is restricted to a small area on Tenerife.

Uses

Lavandula minutolii is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental.

Cultivation

Lavandula minutolii requires protection from frost and flowers from late January onwards in the conservatory.

This species at Kew

Lavandula minutolii can be seen growing in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and in the Duchess Border (along the wall between the Grass Garden and Duke's Garden).

The Duchess Border

The Duchess Border (named after Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge, who lived at Cambridge Cottage) is backed by a high south-facing wall, behind which is the Duke's Garden. Since 1990, the Duchess Border has been a testing ground for a collection of lavender species and other Mediterranean plants. They are grown to test their hardiness, ease of propagation and growth habits.

Ecology
Dry scrub on open rocky slopes.
Conservation
Near Threatened (NT) ( Lavandula minutolii var. minutolii) and Vulnerable (VU) ( L. minutolii var. tenuipinna) in the monograph The Genus Lavandula, following IUCN Red List criteria.
Hazards

Lavender oil can cause dermatitis.

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Use
Ornamental.

Native to:

Canary Is.

Lavandula minutolii Bolle appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bonplandia (Hannover) 8: 279 (1860)

Accepted by

  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Upson, T. & Andrews, S. (2004). The Genus Lavandula: 1-442. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Species Profiles

  • Bramwell, D. & Bramwell, Z. (2001). Wild Flowers of the Canary Islands. 2nd edition. Rueda, Madrid.
  • Upson, T. & Andrews, S. (2004). The Genus Lavandula. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (2010). Lavandula minutolii. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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