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40. Nepeta multifida Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 572. 1753.

多裂叶荆芥 duo lie ye jing jie

Description from Flora of China

Nepeta lavendulacea Linnaeus f.

Herbs perennial. Rhizomes woody. Stems numerous, erect, to 40 cm tall, semiwoody, white villous. Petiole ca. 1.5 cm; leaf blade ovate, pinnatipartite or pinnatifid, sometimes pinnatilobate to subentire, 2.1-3.4 × 1.5-2.1 cm, adaxially puberulent, abaxially white-yellow or white hirtellous, glandular, base truncate to cordate, lobes linear-lanceolate to ovate, margin entire or remotely serrate, ciliate, apex acute. Verticillasters in continuous or rarely interrupted terminal spikes 6-12 cm; bracts leaflike, gradually reduced toward apex, ovate, ca. 1 cm basally, divided or entire, apex cuspidate, purplish, longer than flowers; bracteoles ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, purplish, as long as to slightly longer than flowers. Calyx purple, base yellowish, ca. 5 × 2 mm, 15-veined, sparsely pubescent; teeth triangular, ca. 1 mm, apex acute. Corolla blue-purple, yellowish when dry, ca. 8 mm, intricately villous, tube gradually dilated toward throat. Anterior stamens shorter than upper lip of corolla, posterior stamens slightly longer. Nutlets brown, triquetrous, oblong, ca. 1.6 × 0.6 mm, base attenuate, smooth. Fl. Jul-Sep, fr. Aug-Oct.

Source of an essential oil.

Margins of pine forests, grassy slopes, wet grasslands; 1300-2000 m. Gansu, Hebei, Nei Mongol, Shaanxi, Shanxi [Mongolia, Russia]


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