According to Kew Species Profiles[KSP]
- 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 minutolii var. minutoliiis found on Gran Canaria and L. minutoliivar. tenuipinnaon Tenerife.
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 minutoliivar. tenuipinnadiffers slightly in having broader leaves with secondary lobing and smaller flowers.
Threats and conservation
Lavandula minutolii var. minutoliiis only locally abundant and has been assessed as Near Threatened (NT) according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Lavendula minutolii var. tenuipinnais considered Vulnerable (VU) D1+2 because it is restricted to a small area on Tenerife.
Lavandula minutolii is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental.
Lavandula minutolii requires protection from frost and flowers from late January onwards in the conservatory.
This species at Kew
Lavandula minutoliican 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.
- Dry scrub on open rocky slopes.
- 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.
Lavender oil can cause dermatitis.
First published in Bonplandia (Hannover) 8: 279 (1860)
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International Plant Names Index
The International Plant Names Index (2016). Published on the Internet http://www.ipni.org
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Kew Species Profiles
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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
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