Stevia eupatoria (Spreng.) Willd.

Stevia


Family: Compositae

Genus: Stevia

Category: Perennial

Size: To 30" tall

Description: 

Perennial herb. Opposite leaves, sometimes whorled. Pink flowers in terminal corymbs in summer.

From Bot. Reg. It seldom exceeds two feet, is herbaceous and perennial; and forms (when supported at least) by the numerous fastigiately panicled branches, a compact broad level-topped corymb, studded with small rose-coloured flowers.

History: 

Published in Sp. Pl., ed. 4 3(3): 1775 in 1803.

Native to Mexico.

Basionym Mustelia eupatoria Spreng.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 2: 93 in 1816.

From Bot. Reg. A genus as yet wholly mexican, recently introduced into our gardens, and likely, from the species which it already counts, to prove of some extent. The name has been given by the late Professor Cavanilles, in commemoration of Dr. Peter Jacob Steve, or Esteve, an eminent physician of Valentia, and professor of botany in the university of that city, about the middle of the sixteenth century.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Stevia purpurea Pers. - ARS-GRIN shows this as a synonym of S. eupatoria.

Mustelia eupatoria Spreng. - basionym


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