Clinopodium douglasii (Benth.) Kuntze
yerba buena
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Val George     (Photo ID #29767)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Clinopodium douglasii
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Species Information

Perennial trailing herb from a woody rhizome, mat-forming; stems reclining, to 1 m long, slightly woody, minutely sparse-hairy, 4-angled, sometimes rooting, often with short ascending branches; aromatic.
Opposite, egg-shaped to almost round, 1-3.5 cm long, tips rounded, minutely sparse-hairy, margins irregularly blunt-toothed; short-stalked or nearly unstalked.
Inflorescence of solitary (-3) flower in leaf axils; flower stalks slender, 5-15 mm long; corollas tubular, white or purple-tinged, 7-10 mm long, minutely stiff-hairy on outside, lips 2, short, the lower lip spreading, 3-lobed, the upper lip erect, notched; calyces tubular, 4-5 mm long, minutely hairy, 12- to 15-veined, with 5 short, pointed teeth.
Nutlets, 4 clustered together, about 1 mm long, smooth, shiny brown.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Clinopodium douglasii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
252 15 1290
Slope Gradient (%)
33 0 135

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

176 23 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 1 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

CDF(29), CWH(3), ICH(6), IDF(2)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry open coniferous forests in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; infrequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, common on S Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, infrequent on the adjacent mainland; S to ID and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Micromeria chamissonis (Benth.) Greene
Satureja chamissonis (Benth.) Briq.
Satureja douglasii (Benth.) Briq.