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Name: Whitney
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: GA
Country: N/A
Date: 4/2/2005


Question:
I have two mentha spicata plants. Both are newly sprouted on one plant the edges of the leaves are smooth on the other they are jagged, why is their a difference?


Replies:
Mints usually have dentate, serrate, to crenate leaf margins

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=120248

However, the leaf margin can be variable, particularly in hybrids.

Also see

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200019821

where it is recorded as irregularly serrate.

http://www.ag.auburn.edu/landscape/dbpages/530.html

serrate

http://www.nearctica.com/flowers/lamia/mentha/Mspicat.htm

heavily toothed

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach



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