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Prospeccion de lectinas en especies de Labiadas colombianas. Un enfoque sistematico-ecologico--III. Principalmente especies exoticas cultivadas o naturalizadas.

INTRODUCTION

The Labiatae family which according to current circumscription also groups several genera previously located in the Verbenaceae family (Cantino 1992a, 1992b, Wagstaff et al. 1998, Harley et al. 2004, Atkins 2004), is represented in Colombia by a total of 41 genera and ca. 308 species according to the latest work (Fernandez-Alonso 2003, 2006, Perez et al. 2006, Fernandez-Alonso 2008a, 2008b). Colombia has 32 genera and 228 taxa (sp., subsp. and var.) from the traditionally recognized Labiatae, only a small part (17 spp.) consisting of foreign plants which have become naturalised to form an integral part of Colombian flora (Table 1), and also another 22 species from foreign Labiatae widely grown in Colombia for their various uses (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003, Fernandez-Alonso & Rivera 2006). The 9 new "Verbenaceae" genera, which are now dealt within the Labiatae, have a total of 80 native or naturalised species in Colombia (Lopez-Palacios 1977, 1986, Rueda 1992, Aymard 2005, this work) and prospecting work in this particular area has just begun.

Continuing with prospecting of mucilages and lectins in the Labiatae family, focused on previous work carried out on Colombia native species (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003, Perez et al. 2006), the third contribution towards this ongoing work has resulted in cataloguing 24 non-native Colombian species belonging to 17 genera. As follows: a) 6 species currently naturalised in Colombia belonging to the Leonurus L., Ocimum L., Salvia L., Solenostemon Tonn. and Stachys L., b) 13 species which are frequently cultivated in Colombia, belonging to Agastache Clayton ex Gronov., Hyssopus L., Lavandula L., Melissa L., Mentha L., Ocimum L., Origanum L., Rosmarinus L., Salvia L., Satureja L. and Thymus L. and c) 5 exotic species (from the Iberian peninsula), non cultivated in Colombia, belonging to Ballota L., Sideritis L. and sections Aethiopis, Plethiosphace of Salvia L. (Table 2 and Figures 1 and 2). Other 14 accessions of native species came from (belonging to the Aegiphila Jacq., Hyptis Jacq., Ocimum, Salvia, Scutellaria L. and Stachys) are also studied.

This combination let us extend our analysis of mucilages and lectins to a considerable number of species (112 accessions, belonging to 90 taxa) where these compounds have not been described before and also provided additional confirmatory evidence regarding genera studied in previous work (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003, Perez et al. 2006).

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Collecting and preserving botanical samples and fruits

The same procedures described by Fernandez-Alonso et al. (2003) and Perez et al. (2006) have generally been followed in that referring to collection itineraries and dates, herbarium sample-taking protocols, collecting nutlets and live material for culturing.

Itineraries. The plants included in this study came from different itineraries mainly carried out on the eastern cordillera of Colombia, where 14 accessions of native species came from (belonging to Aegiphila Jacq., Hyptis Jacq., Ocimum, Salvia, Scutellaria L. and Stachys) and 6 from naturalised exotic species, belonging to Leonurus L., Leonotis R. Br., Ocimum, Salvia and Stachys (Figures 1 and 2). The exotic species which are only found as cultivated plants in Colombia for their medicinal, culinary or ornamental uses represent another important group; 13 species belonging to Agastache, Hysoppus, Lavandula, Melissa, Mentha, Ocimum, Origanum, Rosmarinus, Salvia, Satureja and Thymus were analyzed. Five exotic wild species of Ballota, Salvia and Sideritis from central Iberian Peninsula fields of thyme ("tomillares") were also studied (Appendix 1 and Figures 1 and 2).

Samples: The following specimens were collected in all cases:

a) Collecting fruit (nutlets) for erythroagglutination and enzyme-linked lectinosorbent assays (ELLSA) and mucilage;

b) Collecting herbarium control samples (about 180 collections) which were included as vouchers (Appendix 1) and nutlet samples for the project's sample file (currently containing 150 accessions); and

c) Collecting live samples for culturing and follow-up in Bogota's Botanical Gardens, where around 50 taxa are being cultured. Control material, as well as fruit samples, were catalogued and deposited in the Colombian National Herbarium (COL) and many of these samples have been duplicated in the HUA, FMB, JBB, MEDEL herbaria, abbreviated according to Holmgren et al. (1990).

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Seeds produced by an hybrid originated in culture conditions (S. x tunica-mariae Fern. Alonso) were studied so that the results obtained with this plant could be compared to those from parental species. A Labiatae nutlet reference collection has also been established with more than 480 accessions, some being stored in the nutlet/ seed library in the Colombian National Herbarium and others in Bogota's Botanical Garden's seed bank.

Types of growth and types of habitat in those taxa studied

All taxa studied have been catalogued according to habit type (growth type) and habitat (altitude at which taxa are found) to enable correlating these parameters with information resulting from mucilage and lectin assays. The biological/ecological function of mucilage is still not clear (even though various hypotheses have been suggested related to different aspects regarding germination) and no correlation has been established between the presence of mucilage and determined environmental conditions. Detailed classical types of habit (shrubs, subshrubs, scandent shrubs and perennial herbaceous and annual or biannual herbs) and habitat (tropical, subAndean, Andean and paramo) have been considered and described in previous work (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003). The Tree biotype (Tr) has been added to the foregoing, being present in Aegiphila cuatrecasana Moldenke; regarding the types of habitat where samples came from, the following have been included for exotic species which are not present in Colombia: those having Mediterranean origin (E-Medit), subtropical origin (E-Subtr) and those having a Tropical origin (E-Tro), (Table 3).

Two variants having general characteristics (humid or dry) have been considered for each altitude range according to the amount of rainfall, delimiting dry areas as being those having a rainfall of less than 800-1,500 mm/ year, depending on altitude. When a plant lives in more than one altitude range its least habitual altitude is given in parentheses.

Lectin extraction

Extraction was done with 20 mM phosphate buffer- 150 mM NaCl, pH 7.2-7.4 (PBS) in 1:10 (w/v) or 1:20 (w/v) ratio if a viscous solution appeared, seeds being left to soak in the solution for 2-3 h, at 4[degrees]C; they were then macerated and shaken at 4[degrees]C, for 16 h. The extract was spun at 39,000xg for 15 min at 4[degrees]C. The supernatant was used immediately or treated with Pectinex.

Pectinex treatment

Supernatant pH was adjusted to pH 4.7 with concentrated AcOH; 28 [micro]l Pectinex Ultra SPL (Novo) was then added per ml of extract. This was incubated at 28[degrees]C for 4 h, being occasionally shaken. The pH was adjusted to 7.0 with diluted NaOH and lectin activity was determined.

Lectin detection and quantification assays

Two assays were done to assess lectin presence:

a) Erythroagglutination. The assays were done on human RBCs as described (Perez 1984) and on T/Tn-exposed RBCs. A+ human RBCs were enzymatically treated to expose T or Tn determinants (Hirohashi et al. 1985). Crude extracts were used in all cases. If appropriate, the haemoagglutination titre was determined and expressed as being the highest dilution where agglutination was still observed.

b) Lectin was also detected by ELLSA, according to the procedure described by Vega & Perez (2006) for crude extracts treated with Pectinex and left un-treated. The plates were sensitized with asialo ovine submaxillary mucin (aOSM) isolate, using biotinylated Vicia villosa isolectin B4 as control (Tn antigen specific) and streptavidin peroxidase as detection system.

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Mucilage assay

The mucilage assay was performed using fresh nutlets, following Hedge's recommendations (1970). A minimum 4-hour period was established for hydration (distilled water). Even though slight differences were detected in mucilage colour and degree of transparency, mucilage quantity was evaluated in terms of the following ratio: width of mucilage halo/seed width (smaller diameter), observed values varying between 0 and 3. Basic mucilage characteristics regarding colour, consistency and general appearance followed Hedge's terminology (1970).

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

I-MUCILAGE PRESENCE

Macroscopic differences were observed amongst the taxa in which mucilage formation was presented in terms of their appearance, based on colour, consistency and degree of transparency; they could be grouped into four morphological types according to their characteristics which, in some ways, could be variations of the four basic ones (milky white-opaque, brown-opaque, translucent and transparent) recognized for species of Salvia by Hedge (1970). Thus, as this was not the object of the present work, information referring to the anatomical or micromorphological characterisation of types of mucilage in Labiatae has not been included, an aspect which has been treated for some taxa by authors such as Grubert (1974) or Martin-Mosquero et al. (2004). The four basic types are listed below, indicating in which species studied they have been observed. These morphological types are schematically represented (Figure 3), showing a possible relationship between them.

Type 1:--Transparent and tibreless or having radiating cordons (Figure 3-1), embraced by the mass of mucilage, having an egg-white aspect. This is only present in the four genera from tribe Mentheae (Nepetoideae): Melissa, Rosmarinus, Salvia (S. amethystina J.E. Sm. subsp. amethystina and S. hispanica L.) and Thymus and a Hyptis species (tribe Ocimeae): H. pectinata (L.) Poit.

Type 2:--Transparent, irregularly fragmented and having conical processes (detached from the nutlet) embraced by the mass of mucilage (Figure 3-2): Only observed in Nepetoideae, Ocimeae, in one species of Ocimum (O. gratissimum L.). This deals with a very distinctive type of nucula, due to the tuberculate ornament which it presents.

Type 3A:--Milky white/pale, having flexuous fibres in the mass of mucilage (Figure 3-3): Nepetoideae were present in both representatives of tribe Ocimeae: Hyptis (H. suaveolens (L.) Poit. var. mollisima Fern. Alonso) and Mentheae: Salvia (S. coccinea Ettling., S. horminium L. and S. splendens Sellow ex Roem. & Schult.). The cordons gave a "cottony" aspect to the mass of mucilage.

Type 3B:--Transparent-Milky white/pale.

Mucilage having two concentric layers (a transparent external one and milky white/pale internal one) with flexuous fibres in a mass of mucilage (Figure 3-4). It represents just one variant of type 3. It has only been observed in Salvia verbenaca L., (Nepetoideae, Mentheae).

Type 4:--Milky white/pale with fibres or radiating cordons embraced by the mass of mucilage, forming a rigid mass in most cases (Figure 3-6). It is present in Mentheae (Nepetoideae): Ocimum (O. basilicum L.., O. campechianum Mill.) and Salvia (S. aethiopis L., S. aratocensis (Wood & Harley) Fern. Alonso, S. sphaceliodes Benth., S. x tunica-mariae). Cordons are less notable in S. aratocensis and S. sphaceliodes (Figure 3-5) and have a less consistent aspect.

There are ten genera within the group of taxa studied in which the formation of a mucilaginous mass due to moistening has not been observed (Agastache, Ballota, Leonurus, Leonotis, Hyssopus, Lavandula, Mentha, Origanum, Satureja and Sideritis), partially agreeing with the consulted literature (Grubert 1974, Ryding 1992a, Budantsev & Lobova 1997, Ryding 2001, Martin-Mosquero et al. 2005). It was also presented in a species belonging to Hyptis (H. capitata Jacq.) and in two belonging to Salvia (S. lavandulifolia Vahl. and S. officinalis L.), which will be mentioned later on.

The Lamioideae, Scutellarioideae and Teucrioideae subfamilies

Concerning the species included within the subfamily Lamioideae, the results (Table 3) may be generalised as follows.

Traces (0.2) of mucilage were only observed in one species of Stachys (S. micheliana Briq. ex Mich.) of six studied, two in this work and four in previous work (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003, Perez et al. 2006). The absence of mucilage in this genus seems to be characteristic, bearing in mind that Ryding (1992a) obtained negative results in 7 species of Stachys. Other species from the Lamiodeae subfamily also did not present mucilage (Table 3), thereby corroborating and adding to Ryding's results (1992a) where myxocarpy was not detected in 4 species of Ballota, 2 from Leonotis, 2 from Leonurus, 7 from Stachys and 4 from Sideritis; the reports to date indicate that the absence of mucilage in nultles is generalised in this subfamily.

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The absence of mucilage in nultles has been confirmed for Aegiphila (subfamily Teucrioideae), having two species studied (Perez et al. 2006, this work), and Scutellaria (subfamily Scutellariodeae), having four species studied (Perez et al. 2006, this work). Nevertheless, dealing with both cases of large genera (Harley et al. 2004), a greater number of species needs to be examined for having a more complete panorama concerning the occurrence of myxocarpy in them.

The Nepetoideae subfamily

On the contrary, most species analyzed in the Nepetoideae subfamily in this work presented myxocarpy, being extremely common in Hyptis and Ocimum (Table 4). These results agree with those described by Ryding (1992a) who found mucilage in 16 of 22 species of Hyptis, including H. pectinata and H. suaveolens. It is worth noting the absence of myxocarpy in H. capitata, corroborating Ryding report (1992a). The scarce amount of mucilage in Ocimum gratissimum, a species from Africa, is also worth noting (Table 4) when contrasting results obtained by ourselves in this work on other species of Ocimum: O. basilicum and O. campechianum, in previous work (Perez et al. 2006) and in those described by Grubert (1974) and Ryding (1992b), who detected mucilage in 17 Ocimum taxa.

Within tribe Mentheae (subfam Nepetoideae), myxocarpy is habitual in genera such as Salvia and in the species analyzed from Melissa, Rosmarinus and Thymus (M. officinalis L., R. officinalis L. and T. vulgaris). On the contrary, it is absent in species belonging to Agastache, Hysoppus, Mentha, Origanum and Satureja (Table 4). In the case of Hyssopus officinalis L., where we did not observe mucilage, there is contradictory evidence in the literature, as Ryding (1992a) did not observe mucilage whilst Grubert (1974) included this specie as having myxocarpy. The absence of mucilage in Mentha spicata indicates that there are species with and without mucilage within this genus, as Grubert (1974) found myxocarpy in seven species of Mentha, without analysing M spicata L., whilst Ryding (1992a) cited (without specifying them) that some species of Mentha and Origanum are lacking mucilage.

The data compiled by Grubert (1974) revealed the presence of myxocarpy in 5 species of Satureja and in 20 species of Thymus whilst we did not observe mucilage in Satureja montana and a scant amount in Thymus vulgaris (0.5). It is worth specifying that the data of Grubert (1974) and Ryding (1992a, 1992b) are qualitative as, contrasting with this work, these authors did not evaluate the relative abundance of mucilage according to that proposed by Hedge (1970). It seems then that in the case of Hyssopus, Mentha and Satureja there may or may not appear mucilage, depending on the species. The results of myxocarpy in Melissa officinalis agreed with Grubert (1974) and those for Rosmarinus officinalis agreed with that found by Ryding (1992a) and Grubert (1974).

Of the Salvia species analyzed in this work only S. lavandulifolia and S. officinalis, belonging to Salvia subgenus and both having large seeds, did not present mucilage and in the rest of the species this was evident (0.7-3.0). It is worth pointing out that of the 40 species studied in this work and in our previous reports (Fernandez-Alonso et al., 2003, Perez et al. 2006), 37 have mucilage without seeming to have a correlation with the type of habitat where they come from. Qualitative detection of myxocarpy in several species of Salvia studied here (S. aethiopis, S. coccinea, S. hispanica, S. horminum, S. splendens and S. verbenaca) is mentioned by Grubert (1974) and Oran (1997) in the case of S. verbenaca. We only found different results in the case of S. officinalis, a specie in which we did not observe mucilage presence. It should be stressed that no mucilage was also present in S. lavandulifolia, a specie which is taxonomically very close to S. officinalis (Figuerola et al. 1990), recently treated as being a subspecies of S. officinalis (Reales et al. 2004) and which had not any previous reports. The generalised occurrence of myxocarpy in the Salvia genus has been pointed out by Grubert (1974) who detected it in 90 species, by Hedge (1970) who only found three lacking mucilage after testing 40 Asian species, and by Oran (1997) who found it in 12 species which had not been previously examined by prior authors.

II--LECTIN PRESENCE

IIA--ELLSA ASSAYS

Contrasting with that described in the literature for myxocarpy where a very considerable number of genera has been examined, the evidence concerning the presence of lectins in Labiatae until a few years ago was fundamentally limited to species native to species of Salvia natives of the Old World. The available information came from the reports of Bird & Wingham (1974, 1976, 1977, 1982) and in isolated contributions regarding Hyptis suaveolens (Bird 1960), Salvia horminum (Moore & Marsh 1975) and Moluccella laevis L. (Bird & Wingham 1969). A systematic study has recently been started regarding the presence of lectins in neotropical Labiatae (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003, Perez et al. 2006) where the presence of lectins has been detected in a considerable number of species belonging to different genera. The results presented below are part of this study.

A1--The Teucrioideae, Scutellarioideae and Lamioideae subfamilies (Aegiphila, Scutellaria, Ballota, Leonurus, Leonotis, Sideritis and Stachys)

Lectin directed against Tn antigen was detected for the first time in species belonging to Ballota, Leonurus, Leonotis and Sideritis (Table 4), considerably broadening the number of Labiatae where lectins are found. Due to the availability of material restricting analysis to just one species from each of these genera, other species must be assayed for discerning how generalised the presence of lectin is in them. Species where the presence of lectin have been established come from geographically very different localities and they are not taxonomically close within the subfamily (Iwarsson & Harvey 2003, Harley et al. 2004).

The experimental evidence indicates that ELLSA assay sensitivity and treating extracts with Pectinex facilitates the detection of these proteins. In the case of Aegiphila cuatrecasana, the level of lectin detected was similar with and without Pectinex treatment, compared to that observed with Aegiphila bogotensis (Spreng.) Moldenke (Perez et al. 2006) where the effect of Pectinex treatment is evident, allowing greater lectin activity to be detected. It is worth stressing this result since it deals with taxonomically close species (Lopez-Palacios 1977, 1986). S o mething s imilar has be en o bs e rved with five of the six species of Stachys studied (this work, Fernandez Alonso et al. 2003, Perez et al. 2006); however, lectin was never detected in the case of S. pusilla (Well.) Briq. The available data for Scutellaria (this work, Perez et al. 2006) has shown great variability regarding the presence/absence of lectin, as two out of the four species did not present lectin. It would be recommendable to continue prospecting with other species from this genus given the presence of several taxa from this genus in Colombia (Fernandez-Alonso, 2005).

A2--Tribes Lavandulae and Ocimeae from the Nepetoideae subfamily (Lavandula, Hyptis, Ocimum and Solenostemon) Appreciable lectin activity was observed in Ocimum after digestion with Pectinex in two of the three species analyzed (Table 4), thereby confirming a previous report (Perez et al. 2006) indicative of the presence of lectins able to recognise Tn antigen, this being corroborated by positive erythroagglutination assay results (Table 5).

The Hyptis species analyzed here had absence of lectin, even following treatment with Pectinex, except in Hyptis pectinata which showed activity (even though being relatively low). Similar lectin activity was observed (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003) in a sample of H. pectinata from another locality, suggesting that there is a small amount of lectin in this specie. Nevertheless, the information about the presence of lectins in species belonging to this genus (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003, Perez et al. 2006), present very variable results regarding lectin activity, even within the same specie, as in the case of H. capitata samples coming from three different localities.

The other specie analyzed within the Ocimeae, Solenostemon scutellariodes (L.) Codd., an ornamental exotic species cultivated around the world, presented high lectin activity (70.8%), being the first report concerning the presence of lectins in this genus. This genus, which is widely diversified in tropical areas of the Old World (Suddee et al. 2004), seems to offer good prospects for prospecting for this type of protein.

Regarding tribe Lavandulae, lectin has been detected in Lavandula vera having considerable activity, this is the first report concerning the presence of lectin in this economically important genus having predominantly Mediterranean and subtropical distribution in the Old World (Upson 1997).

A3--Nepetoideae subfamily, tribe Mentheae (Agastache, Hysoppus, Melissa, Mentha, Origanum, Rosmarinus, Salvia, Satureja and Thymus.)

Within the species corresponding to the Nepetoideae subfamily, tribe Mentheae, lectin presence is very frequent, particularly in that referring to the Salvia genus (Table 4) where only four of the eleven species analyzed in this work did not show the presence of lectin. Similar results were obtained by Bird & Wingham (1974, 1976, 1977) who did not detect lectin in 12 out of 36 species analyzed. The presence of lectins in S. aethiopis, S. horminum and S. verbenaca detected by Bird & Wingham (1974, 1976) was quantitatively confirmed by ELLSA assay (Table 5).

Similarly to that found in previous work (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003, Perez et al. 2006), the effect of Pectinex treatment in species from the Nepetoideae subfamily is notorious, thereby allowing the ELLSA assay to be used for detecting high lectin activity in species which otherwise would have been classified as lacking: it wich is the case of Melissa officinalis, Origanum vulgare, Salvia amethystyna subp amethystyna, S. x tunica-mariae and S. sphaceloides subsp. pax-fluminensis. Something similar happens in S. hispanica, S officinalis and S. splendens which had previously shown the absence of lectin with the erythroagglutination assay (Bird & Wingham 1974, 1976), in contrast to that observed by ourselves. A careful review of the pertinent literature showed that for all the taxa included in Table 4 this is the first time that the presence of lectin has been described in Agastache, Hysoppus, Melissa, Mentha, Origanum, Rosmarinus, Satureja and Thymus. On the other hand, information regarding Salvia has added 8 extra taxa, belonging to diverse infrageneric categories, some exclusive to the Old World. It is worth noting that cultivated species of Labiatae and thus having easily accessible nultles would not have been analyzed within the set of systematic investigations carried out during the 1970s by several groups in Europe or North-America (Bird & Wingham 1974, 1976, 1977, 1982, Moore & Marsh 1975).

IIB--ERYTHROAGGLUTINATION ASSAYS

The erythroagglutination results (Table 5) showed that all the Salvia species analyzed agglutinated Tn antigen-carrying erythrocytes, with the exception of S. officinalis, S. melaleuca Epling and S. sphaceloides sub pax-fluminensis. An important number of species recognized A- or T-determinants, frequently having lesser titres, meaning that one must be very careful when defining anti-Tn specificity; the presence of A1 antigen-specific lectin in Hyptis suaveolens var. mollissima Alonso described for the first time by Moore & Marsh (1975) is interesting in this context and this has been confirmed in the present work. Comparing these results with those obtained by ELLSA assay (Tables 3 and 4) it was observed that the presence of Tn antigenrecognising lectins could be detected in all species. However, the activity obtained with S. officinalis was not very high following Pectinex treatment, thereby explaining the negative erythroagglutination result since this is a less sensitive method.

A recent review of lectins present in the Labiatae family (Perez & Vega 2007) synthesised the results obtained by other investigators regarding the presence of lectins in some of the species studied in this work. The available data indicates that it was not possible to detect the presence of these proteins through erythroagglutination assays on crude seed extracts of these species (Bird & Wingham 1974, 1976, 1977, 1982). This discrepancy is explainable if one considers that pectins interfering with detecting lectins were not eliminated in such work and that erythroagglutination is notoriously less sensitive than the ELLSA assay.

FINAL CONSIDERATIONS

The advantage of using a semi-quantitative method for evaluating myxocarpy (basically following Hedge's (1970) criteria) lies in the fact that it is relatively easy to use a stereoscope for discerning different morphological types of mucilage based on their external appearance, consistency and halo size. We have stressed (based on that described in this work) the absence of mucilage in Salvia officinalis and S. lavandulifolia, differently to that which occurs with most Salvia species genus. Ryding's findings (1992a) were confirmed for the first species and such absence was also detected for the first time in the second, both forming a complex of very related Mediterranean taxa.

The results obtained in this and previous work (Fernandez-Alonso et al. 2003, Perez et al. 2006) have shown that lectin detection assay sensitivity becomes conspicuously increased if extracts have been previously treated with polygalacturonases (Pectinex) which digest the pectins (the main component of mucilage). This point is important as mucilage is abundant in many Labiatae species (particularly those belonging to the Nepetoideae subfamily). Using the ELLSA assay for detecting lectins instead of erythroagglutination offers greater sensitivity since it allows lower amounts of lectin to be observed at the same time as supplying semi-quantitative data about a protein's relative abundance. On the other hand, erythroagglutination using enzymatically treated erythrocytes (or untreated ones) leads to discriminating lectin specificity regarding T and Tn antigens and those antigens responsible for blood groups.

An additional question is raised regarding lectins' possible physiological role given that within a particular genus such as Salvia, where an important number of taxa have been analyzed (44), lectin is absent in around 10% of them. This could indicate that lectins are not an essential constituent in the seed or that they are replaced by protein having different specificity.

Considering the high number of existing Labiatae species and diversity and broad distribution of some of the larger genera, such as Aegiphila, Clerodendrum, Hyptis, Ocimum, Plectranthus, Salvia, Scutellaria and Stachys (Table 1), then it is evident that additional systematic prospecting work is required for having a broader panorama about the presence of mucilage and lectin in the nultles of different species. This will contribute towards understanding the functional and ecological significance of these compounds and also lead to extending the possibilities of using species from this family which have numerous types of economically important secondary metabolites, such as essential oils, antioxidant pigments, flavonoides and terpens.
Appendix 1. Vouchers of species analyzed.
(e-ex.): exotic non cultivated or naturalized in Colombia; (e-nz):
exotic naturalised in Colombia; (e-cv): exotic cultivated in Colombia.

Species                           Locality

Aegiphila cuatrecasana            Col. Cundinam. (cult.)
Moldenke

Agastache rugosa (Fisch. &        Col. Cundinam. (cult.)
C.A. Mey.) Kuntze (e-cv)
Ballota nigra L. (e-ex)           Spa. Valladolid: Encinas
Hyptis capitata Jacq.             Col. Cundinam. S.Maria
H. pectinata (L.) Poit.           Col. Santander. Santos
H. suaveolens (L.) Poit. var.     Col. Santander. Santos
mollissima Fern. Alonso
Hyssopus officinalis L. (e-cv)    Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
Lavandula vera L. (e-cv)          Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
Leonurus japonicus Houtt.         Col. Santander, Tona
(e-nz)

Leonotis nepetifolia (L.)         Col. Santander. Santos
R. Br.(e-nz)
Melissa officinalis L. (e-cv)     Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
Mentha spicata L. (e-cv)          Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
Ocimum basilicum L. (e-nz)        Col. Santander, Suaita
O. basilicum L. (e-cv)            Col. Bogota -mercado
O. campechianum Mill.             Col. Santander. Santos
O. gratissimum L. (e-cv)          Col. Choco, Quibdo
Origanum majorana L. (e-cv)       Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
O. vulgare L. (e-cv)              Col. Cundinam. (cultiv)
Rosmarinus officinalis L.         Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
(e-cv)

Salvia aethiopis L. (e-ex)        Spa. Valladolid. Encinas
S. amethystina J.E. Sm.           Col. Boyaca. Samaca
subsp. ametystina
S. aratocensis (Wood &            Col. Santander. Los Santos
Harley) Fern. Alonso
subsp. suratensis (Wood &
Harley) Fern. Alonso

S. sphacelioides Benth.           Col. Boyaca. Soapaga
subsp. pax-fluminensis
Fern. Alonso

S. sphacelioides Benth.           Col. Cundinam. (cultiv)
subsp. pax-fluminensis
Fern. Alonso (e-cv)

Salvia x tunica-mariae            Col. Cundinam. (cultiv)
Fern. Alonso (e-cv)

S. hispanica L. (e-nz)            Col. Narino. Tangua
S. horminum L. (e-cv)             Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
S. lavandulifolia Spreng.         Spa. Valladolid. Encinas
(e-ex)

S. officinalis L.(e-cv)           Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
S. splendens Sellow ex            Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
Schult(e-nz)

S. verbenaca L. (e-ex)            Spa. Valladolid. Encinas
Satureja montana L. (e-cv)        Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
Scutellaria purpurascens          Col. Cundinamarca. S.Maria
Sw. subsp. verecunda
(Epling.) Fern. Alonso

Sideritis hirsuta L. (e-ex)       Spa. Valladolid. Encinas
Solenestemon                      Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)
scutellaroides (L.) Codd.
(e-nz)

Stachys arvensis L.(e-nz)         Col. Cundinam. Bogota
S. pusilla (Wedd.) Briq.          Col. Cundinamarca. Sopo
S. radicans Epling                Col. Cundinamarca Sopo
Thymus vulgaris L.(e-cv)          Col. Cundinam. (cultiv.)

Species                          Altitude (m)   Collector/ Herbarium

Aegiphila cuatrecasana               2,600       JLF-24453 (COL)
Moldenke

Agastache rugosa (Fisch. &           2,600       JLF- 23.923 (COL)
C.A. Mey.) Kuntze (e-cv)
Ballota nigra L. (e-ex)               750        JLF- 24152 (COL)
Hyptis capitata Jacq.                 800        JLF-23588 (COL)
H. pectinata (L.) Poit.              1,400       JLF- 22040A(COL)
H. suaveolens (L.) Poit. var.        1,400       JLF-22011 (COL)
mollissima Fern. Alonso
Hyssopus officinalis L. (e-cv)       2,600       JLF-21386(COL)
Lavandula vera L. (e-cv)             2,600       JLF-21387(COL)
Leonurus japonicus Houtt.            2,000       JLF- 21426(COL)
(e-nz)

Leonotis nepetifolia (L.)            1,200       JLF-22010 (COL)
R. Br.(e-nz)
Melissa officinalis L. (e-cv)        2,600       JLF-21388(COL)
Mentha spicata L. (e-cv)             2,600       JLF-21389(COL)
Ocimum basilicum L. (e-nz)           1,800       JLF- 20868(COL)
O. basilicum L. (e-cv)               2,600       JLF- 21869(COL)
O. campechianum Mill.                1,400       JLF-22145(COL)
O. gratissimum L. (e-cv)              100        JLF- 23918(COL)
Origanum majorana L. (e-cv)          2,600       JLF-21391(COL)
O. vulgare L. (e-cv)                 2,600       JLF-22692(COL)
Rosmarinus officinalis L.            2,600       JLF-21392(COL)
(e-cv)

Salvia aethiopis L. (e-ex)            750        JLF- 24151 (COL)
S. amethystina J.E. Sm.              2,700       JLF-26260 (COL)
subsp. ametystina
S. aratocensis (Wood &               1,500       JLF- 21918 (COL)
Harley) Fern. Alonso
subsp. suratensis (Wood &
Harley) Fern. Alonso

S. sphacelioides Benth.              2,400       JLF- 23844 (COL)
subsp. pax-fluminensis
Fern. Alonso

S. sphacelioides Benth.              2,600       JLF-23772 (COL)
subsp. pax-fluminensis
Fern. Alonso (e-cv)

Salvia x tunica-mariae               2,600       JLF-23699 (COL)
Fern. Alonso (e-cv)

S. hispanica L. (e-nz)               2,200       JLF- 19953(COL)
S. horminum L. (e-cv)                2,600       JLF- 21393(COL)
S. lavandulifolia Spreng.             800        JLF- 24154 (COL)
(e-ex)

S. officinalis L.(e-cv)              2,600       JLF- 19807(COL)
S. splendens Sellow ex               2,500       JLF- 21394(COL)
Schult(e-nz)

S. verbenaca L. (e-ex)                750        JLF- 24153 (COL)
Satureja montana L. (e-cv)           2,600       JLF- 23395 (COL)
Scutellaria purpurascens              800        JLF-23462 (COL)
Sw. subsp. verecunda
(Epling.) Fern. Alonso

Sideritis hirsuta L. (e-ex)           850        JLF- 24155 (COL)
Solenestemon                         2,600       JLF- 21400 (COL)
scutellaroides (L.) Codd.
(e-nz)

Stachys arvensis L.(e-nz)            2,600       JLF- 19521 (COL)
S. pusilla (Wedd.) Briq.             2,600       JLF- 23914 (COL)
S. radicans Epling                   2,600       JLF- 23266 (COL)
Thymus vulgaris L.(e-cv)             2,600       JLF- 21401 (COL)


ACKOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to thank the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (DIB) and COLCIENCIAS for financing this project's fieldwork and laboratory work. We would also like to thank the Universidad Nacional's Chemistry Department and the Institute of Natural Sciences for the facilities provided for carrying out the present study, and Carlos Aedo from the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid (MA) for his collaboration in obtaining the literature. We thank Ramon Morales (MA) and two anonymous reviewers for the critical review of the manuscript.

Recibido: 14/05/2009

Aceptado: 23/09/2009

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JOSE LUIS FERNANDEZ-ALONSO Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Apartado 7495, Bogota D.C., Colombia. jlfernandeza@unal.edu.co Real Jardin Botanico CSIC, Plaza de Murillo 2, 28014 Madrid, Espana, jlfernandeza@rjb.csic.es

NOHORA VEGA Chemistry Department, Biochemistry Laboratory, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota. Colombia. navegac@unal.edu.co

GERARDO PEREZ Chemistry Department, Biochemistry Laboratory, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota. Colombia. jrperezg@unal.edu.co
Table 1. Diversity and distribution of studied species.

Genus                        Species in     Species     Native
                              the world   in Colombia   studied
                                                        species

Subfamily Lamioideae
Ballota L. *                       35          0           0
Lamium L. *                        40          2           0
Leonurus L. *                      10          1           0
Leonotis (Pers.) R. Br. *          15          2           0
Marrubium L. *                     30          1           0
Sideritis L. *                    100          0           0
Stachys L.                        300         12           5
Subfamily Nepetoideae
Tribe Lavanduleae
Lavandula L. *                     30          0           0
Tribe Mentheae
Agastache Gronov. *                22          0           0
Hyssopus L. *                       5          0           0
Lepechinia Willd.                  30         10           6
Melissa L. *                        3          1           0
Mentha L. *                        25          3           0
Minthostachys                      12          3           1
(Benth.) Spach
Obtegomeria                         1          1           0
Doroszenko & P.D. Cantino
Origanum L. *                      36          2           0
Rosmarinus L. *                     2          1           0
Salvia L.                         930         85          42
Satureja L.                       180         13           0
Thymus L. *                       350          1           0
Tribe Ocimeae
Catoferia Benth.                    4          1           0
Eriope Kunth ex Benth.             28          1           0
Hyptidendron Harley                16          1           0
Hyptis Jacq.                      300         42          11
Marsypianthes                       5          1           1
Mart. ex Benth.
Ocimum L.                         150          6           1
Plectranthus L'Her. *             200          3           0
Solenostemon Thonn *               10          1           0
Tribe Prunelleae
Prunella L. *                       7          1           0
Subfamily Teucrioideae
Aegiphila Jacq.                   130         43           2
Ajuga L. *                         40          1           0
Amasonia L.f.                       8          4           0
Clerodendrum L.                   450          8           0
Teucrium L.                       100          1           0
Subfamily Scutellarioideae
Scutellaria L..                   300         22           3
Holmskioldia Retz. *                1          0           0
Subfam Viticoideae
Vitex L.                          250         15           0
Gen. posicion inct.
Callicarpa L.                     140          2           0
Cornutia L.                        12          4           0
Gmelina L. *                       35          2           0
Tectona L. *                        3          1           0
Total 41                        4,345        298          72

Genus                         Non Native
                                studied
                                species

Subfamily Lamioideae
Ballota L. *                    1 (e-ex)
Lamium L. *                        0
Leonurus L. *                   1 (e-nz)
Leonotis (Pers.) R. Br. *       1 (e-nz)
Marrubium L. *                     0
Sideritis L. *                  1 (e-ex)
Stachys L.                      1 (e-nz)
Subfamily Nepetoideae
Tribe Lavanduleae
Lavandula L. *                  1 (e-cv)
Tribe Mentheae
Agastache Gronov. *             1 (e-cv)
Hyssopus L. *                   1 (e-cv)
Lepechinia Willd.                  0
Melissa L. *                    1 (e-cv)
Mentha L. *                     1 (e-cv)
Minthostachys                      0
(Benth.) Spach
Obtegomeria                        0
Doroszenko & P.D. Cantino
Origanum L. *                   2 (e-cv)
Rosmarinus L. *                 1 (e-cv)
Salvia L.                    6 (e-nz, e-cv)
Satureja L.                     1 (e-cv)
Thymus L. *                     1 (e-cv)
Tribe Ocimeae
Catoferia Benth.                   0
Eriope Kunth ex Benth.             0
Hyptidendron Harley                0
Hyptis Jacq.                       0
Marsypianthes                      0
Mart. ex Benth.
Ocimum L.                    2 (e-cv, e-nz)
Plectranthus L'Her. *              0
Solenostemon Thonn *            1 (e-nz)
Tribe Prunelleae
Prunella L. *                      0
Subfamily Teucrioideae
Aegiphila Jacq.                    0
Ajuga L. *                         0
Amasonia L.f.                      0
Clerodendrum L.                    0
Teucrium L.                        0
Subfamily Scutellarioideae
Scutellaria L..                    0
Holmskioldia Retz. *               0
Subfam Viticoideae
Vitex L.                           0
Gen. posicion inct.
Callicarpa L.                      0
Cornutia L.                        0
Gmelina L. *                       0
Tectona L. *                       0
Total 41                           24

* : Non native genus; (e-ex.): exotic non cultivated or naturalized in
Colombia; (e-nz): naturalised in Colombia; (e-cv): cultivated in
Colombia.

Table 2. Diversity of species in the Salvia sections and number of
exotic, colombian and endemic taxa studied.

Subgenus and sections of Salvia      Species in   Species in
                                      the world   Colombia *

Subgen. Calosphace
sect. Angulatae (Epling) Epling          60            20
sect. xAngutes Fern. Alonso               1             1
sect. Carneae (Epling) Epling             8             3
sect. Flexuosae (Epling) Epling           6             5
sect. Hastatae (Benth.) Epling            8             6
sect. Killipiana (Epling) Epling          5             5
sect. Membranaceae (Benth.) Epling       13             1
sect. Potiles Epling                      1             1
sect. Purpureae (Epling) Epling          15             5
sect. Rubescentes (Epling) Epling        20            19
sect. Secundae Epling                    10             1
sect. Subrotundae (Epling)Epling          3             1
sect. Tubiflorae (Epling) Epling         15             6
Other (8 sections -Colombia)             87            11
Subgen. Salvia
sect. Salvia                             200            1
Subgen. Sclarea
sect. Aethiopis Benth.                    6             0
sect. Horminum Benth.                    10             0
sect. Plethiosphace Benth.               18             0
Total                                    486           86

Subgenus and sections of Salvia       Endemic     Colombian *
                                     species in     species
                                      Colombia     analyzed
Subgen. Calosphace
sect. Angulatae (Epling) Epling          16             8
sect. xAngutes Fern. Alonso               1             1
sect. Carneae (Epling) Epling             1             1
sect. Flexuosae (Epling) Epling           4             1
sect. Hastatae (Benth.) Epling            1             4
sect. Killipiana (Epling) Epling          5             1
sect. Membranaceae (Benth.) Epling        0             1
sect. Potiles Epling                      0             1
sect. Purpureae (Epling) Epling           5             2
sect. Rubescentes (Epling) Epling        17            13
sect. Secundae Epling                     0             1
sect. Subrotundae (Epling)Epling          0             1
sect. Tubiflorae (Epling) Epling          1             1
Other (8 sections -Colombia)              2             0
Subgen. Salvia
sect. Salvia                              0             1
Subgen. Sclarea
sect. Aethiopis Benth.                    0             0
sect. Horminum Benth.                     0             0
sect. Plethiosphace Benth.                0             0
Total                                    53            37

Subgenus and sections of Salvia      Exotic
                                     species
                                     analyzed
Subgen. Calosphace
sect. Angulatae (Epling) Epling         0
sect. xAngutes Fern. Alonso             0
sect. Carneae (Epling) Epling           0
sect. Flexuosae (Epling) Epling         0
sect. Hastatae (Benth.) Epling          0
sect. Killipiana (Epling) Epling        0
sect. Membranaceae (Benth.) Epling      0
sect. Potiles Epling                    0
sect. Purpureae (Epling) Epling         0
sect. Rubescentes (Epling) Epling       0
sect. Secundae Epling                   0
sect. Subrotundae (Epling)Epling        0
sect. Tubiflorae (Epling) Epling        0
Other (8 sections -Colombia)            0
Subgen. Salvia
sect. Salvia                            2
Subgen. Sclarea
sect. Aethiopis Benth.                  1
sect. Horminum Benth.                   1
sect. Plethiosphace Benth.              1
Total                                   5

*--Including native, naturalised or cultivated species in the country.

Table 3. Lectin activity and presence of mucilage in Teucrioideae,
Lamioideae, Scutellarioideae and in the Lavandulae and Ocimeae
tribes from the Nepetoideae.

Species                          Habit          Habitat

Aegiphila cuatrecasana            Tr              And
Ballota nigra                    P-her         E- Medit.
Hyptis capitata (Sta Maria) *   P-herb.          Tro-h
H. pectinata (Santos) *         P-herb.          Tro-h
H. suaveolens var.              P-herb.          Sba-d
mollissima (Santos) *
Lavandula vera                  Sb-shr.      And/(E-Medit)
Leonurus japonica               A- her       Sba-h/ (Temp)
Leonotis nepetifolia            A- her    Sba-Tro/ (E-Subtr.)
Ocimum basilicum                Sb-shr           And-d
O. campechianum (Santos) *      A- her          Sba-Tro
O. gratissimum                   P-her           Tro-d
Scutellaria purpurascens         P-her          Sba-Tro
Sideritis hirsuta                P-her         E-Medit.
Solenostemon scutellarioides     P-her         Tro/Sba-h
Stachys arvensis                A- her           (And)
S. pusilla                      A- her            And

                                                        Lectin
Species                         Muci-lage   Protein   activity (%)
                                            (mg/ml)    - Pectinex

Aegiphila cuatrecasana             No         0.20       38.2
Ballota nigra                      No         0.79       75.0
Hyptis capitata (Sta Maria) *      No         1.25         0
H. pectinata (Santos) *            0.4        0.36       33.8
H. suaveolens var.                 0.9        0.62       12.0
mollissima (Santos) *
Lavandula vera                     No         2.95       12.2
Leonurus japonica                  No         4.05       47.9
Leonotis nepetifolia               No         0.23        4.1
Ocimum basilicum                   1.5        0.76       54.9
O. campechianum (Santos) *         0.8        0.19       16.4
O. gratissimum                     0,2        1.16        3.3
Scutellaria purpurascens           No         2.36        3.8
Sideritis hirsuta                  No         7.55       71.3
Solenostemon scutellarioides       0.1        0.70       12.2
Stachys arvensis                   No         1.92       64.1
S. pusilla                         No         1.08        2.6

Species                            Lectin
                                activity (%)
                                + Pectinex

Aegiphila cuatrecasana             32.6
Ballota nigra                      75.4
Hyptis capitata (Sta Maria) *       9.1
H. pectinata (Santos) *            34.8
H. suaveolens var.                  7.4
mollissima (Santos) *
Lavandula vera                     70.5
Leonurus japonica                  90.3
Leonotis nepetifolia                8.4
Ocimum basilicum                   64.1
O. campechianum (Santos) *          8.8
O. gratissimum                     45
Scutellaria purpurascens            6.3
Sideritis hirsuta                  72.8
Solenostemon scutellarioides       70.8
Stachys arvensis                   96.4
S. pusilla                          0

Habit. A-her : annual or biannual herbaceous ; P-her: perennial
herbaceous ; Shr: Shrub 1-5 m; Sb-shr: Subshrub (having woody parts,
being generally less than one meter in height); Sc-shr: Scandent
shrub; Tr: tree. Habitat: Tro: Tropical area ranging from 0 -1,000 m;
Sba: Sub Andean area ranging from 1,000 -2,200 m; And: Andean or High
Andean area ranging from 2,200-3,300 m; Par: Paramo area ranging from
3,300 -4,200 m; E-Medit (exotic Mediterranean), E-Temp (exotic from
temperate zones); E-Subtr (exotic subtropical), E-Tro (exotic from
tropical areas). hu: humid; d: dry. When the place of origin is
indicated in parenthesis (), this shows that the species has been
cultivated in another region. * In the case of taxa previously studied
from a different locality, the new locality is indicated. See also
(Fernandez-Alonso et al., 2003)

Table 4. Lectin activity and presence of mucilage in species from
the Mentheae (Nepetoideae).

                                                            Muci-
Species                         Habit          Habitat      lage

Agastache rugosa                A- her       And/(Subtr)     No
Hyssopus officinalis           Sb-shr.       Medit./(And)    No
Melissa officinalis             P-her.       Medit./(And)    2.3
Mentha spicata                  P-her.       Medit./(And)    No
Origanum vulgare                P-her.       Medit./(And)    No
O. mejorana                 P-her/ Sb-shr.   Medit./(And)    No
Rosmarinus officinalis           Shr.        Medit./(And)    1.8
Satureja montana            P-her/ Sb-shr.   Medit./(And)    No
Thymus vulgaris                Sb-shr.       Medit./(And)    0.5
Salvia Subgen.
Sclarea Sect. Aethiopis
S. aethiopis                    A-her           Medit        0.8
Subgen. Sclarea
Sect. Horminum
Salvia horminum                 A-hert          Medit        1.8
Subgen. Sclarea
Sect. Plethiosphace
S. verbenaca                    P-her.          Medit       0.85
Subgen. Salvia
Sect. Salvia
S. lavandulifolia               Sb-Shr          Medit        No
S. officinalis                  Sb-Srb          Medit.       No
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect Angulatae
S. aratocensis                 Sb-shr.          Sba-d        .8
subsp. suratensis                /Shr
S. sphacelioides subsp.          Shr            And-h        0.5
pax-fluminensis (cult)
S. sphacelioides subsp.          Shr          Sba/And-d      0.7
pax-fluminensis (Soapaga)
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect x Angutes
S. x tunica-mariae           A-her/ P-her      Sba/And       1.0
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect Potiles
S. hispanica                    A-her           And-d        2.3
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect Rubescentes
S. amethystina                  P- her           And         1.8
subsp. amethystina
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect Secundae
S. splendens (Tena)             P-her          Sba/And       1.5

                            Protein   Lectin activity (%)
Species                     (mg/ml)   - Pectinex   + Pectinex

Agastache rugosa             0.83        22.3         37.4
Hyssopus officinalis         0.92        52.1         76.2
Melissa officinalis          0.53         0           67.6
Mentha spicata               0.83        49.7         77.9
Origanum vulgare             1.28         0           74.7
O. mejorana                  1.38        48.3          52
Rosmarinus officinalis       1.38        13.8         82.3
Satureja montana             3.01        21.9         70.3
Thymus vulgaris              1.51        20.4         59.9
Salvia Subgen.
Sclarea Sect. Aethiopis
S. aethiopis                 2.47        54.1         77.8
Subgen. Sclarea
Sect. Horminum
Salvia horminum              2.67        69.6         86.9
Subgen. Sclarea
Sect. Plethiosphace
S. verbenaca                 0.79        7.6          45.1
Subgen. Salvia
Sect. Salvia
S. lavandulifolia            0.59        47.4         50.4
S. officinalis               2.99         16           68
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect Angulatae
S. aratocensis               0.31        22.5         11.0
subsp. suratensis
S. sphacelioides subsp.      2.62        11.3         10.1
pax-fluminensis (cult)
S. sphacelioides subsp.      0.36        6.8          11.5
pax-fluminensis (Soapaga)
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect x Angutes
S. x tunica-mariae            0.1        2.8          10.0
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect Potiles
S. hispanica                 0.84        16.3         79.7
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect Rubescentes
S. amethystina               0.13        3.4          14.2
subsp. amethystina
Subgen. Calosphace
Sect Secundae
S. splendens (Tena)           2.1        87.0         87.5

Table 5. Erythroagglutinating activity in species of Labiatae.

Species                     A +            B +        0 +

Aegiphila cuatrecasana      +4
Agastache rugosa            --
Ballota nigra               H              H          H
Lavandula vera              H              N.D.       N.D.
Hyptis capitata             --
(Sta Maria)
H. pectinata (Santos)       +3
H. suaveolens var.          +1
mollissima (Santos)
Leonurus japonica           H              H          H
Leonotis nepetifolia        --             --         N.D.
Mentha spicata              --             --         --
Ocimum basilicum            +1             --
O. basilicum (cult)         --             --         --
O. campechianum (Santos)    +1
Origanum majorana           H              H          H
Rosmarinus officinalis      +3 (1:2)       N.D.       N.D.
Salvia aethiopis            +4 (1:8) (1)   +1         +2
S. hispanica                --             --         --
S. horminum                 +4 (1:2)       N.D.       N.D.
S. verbenaca                +4 (1:16)      +3 (1:8)   +2 (1:4)
S. lavandulifolia           +1 (1:2)       +1         +1
S. officinalis              --             N.D.       N.D.
S. amethystina subsp.       +1
amethystina
S. aratocensis subsp.       +3
suratensis
S. x tunica-mariae          ?
S, sphacelioides subsp.     ?
pax-fluminensis (cult)
S. sphacelioides subsp.     ?
pax-fluminensis (Soapaga)
Satureja montana            +4 (0)         N.D        N.D.
Scutellaria purpurascens    --             --         --
Sideritis hirsuta           H              --         --
Stachys arvensis            H              --         --
S. radicans                 --             --         --
S. pusilla                  --
Thymus vulgaris             --             --         --

Species                     T          Tn

Aegiphila cuatrecasana      +4         +4
Agastache rugosa            --         --
Ballota nigra               H          H
Lavandula vera              H          H
Hyptis capitata             --         --
(Sta Maria)
H. pectinata (Santos)       +4         +4
H. suaveolens var.          +2         +2
mollissima (Santos)
Leonurus japonica           H          --
Leonotis nepetifolia        --         --
Mentha spicata              --         --
Ocimum basilicum            +1         +1
O. basilicum (cult)         +1         +2
O. campechianum (Santos)    +2         +2
Origanum majorana           H          H
Rosmarinus officinalis      +3 (1:4)   +4 (1:16)
Salvia aethiopis            +2         +3
S. hispanica                +4 (1:1)   +4 (1:11)
S. horminum                 +4 (1:4)   +4 (1:2)
S. verbenaca                +3 (1:8)   +4 (1:16)
S. lavandulifolia           +1         +1
S. officinalis              --         --
S. amethystina subsp.       +4         +2
amethystina
S. aratocensis subsp.       +4         +4
suratensis
S. x tunica-mariae          +4         +4
S, sphacelioides subsp.     +4         +2
pax-fluminensis (cult)
S. sphacelioides subsp.     --         --
pax-fluminensis (Soapaga)
Satureja montana            +4 (1:1)   +4 (1:1)
Scutellaria purpurascens    --         --
Sideritis hirsuta           H          H
Stachys arvensis            H          H
S. radicans                 --         --
S. pusilla                  --         --
Thymus vulgaris             --         --
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