Unknown Aussie Mint Plant Discovered

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 5 (UPI) — Heavy rain in South Australia has exposed a previously unknown species of native mint.

Martin O’Leary, a technical officer for the Adelaide Botanic Garden, told United Press International Tuesday the newly discovered mint was found in the southeast part of the state.

“It is an obscure plant that did not get collected normally.” O’Leary said. “The mint it did not agree with any of the existing mint plants.”

Seeds from rare outback plants such as the endangered Arckaringa daisy, and the orange-flowered twin leaf, swainson-pea, peplidium, breakaway daisy and goodenia also were found following September’s wet weather.

The Adelaide Botanic Garden collects rare plant seeds in order to protect endangered plants of the region.

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