Flora of the Southeastern United States
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Salvia Linnaeus. Sage, Clary.

Key to Salvia

A genus of about 900 species, shrubs and herbs, almost cosmopolitan. Walker et al. (2004) and Walker & Sytsma (2007) have determined that Salvia as traditionally circumscribed is polyphyletic. Will & Claßen-Bockhoff (2017) proposed splitting Salvia into multiple genera (and retaining Rosmarinus as a genus), while Drew et al. (2017) proposed treating Salvia broadly and including Rosmarinus in it. At least until a coherent system of splitting Salvia is presented, it seems best to include Rosmarinus.

Ref: Drew et al. (2017); Epling (1938); Keener & Diamond (2018) In Weakley et al. (2018a); Stace (2010); Walker & Sytsma (2007); Walker et al. (2004); Will & Claßen-Bockhoff (2017). Show full citations.

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