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14. Nepeta coerulescens Maxim. in Bull. Acad. Imp. Sc. St. Petersb. 27: 529. 1881. (Melang. Bot. 11: 306. 1881); Mukerjee, l.c. 125; Stewart in Pak. J. For. 11: 52. 1961; Tscherneva in Grubov et al., Pl. As. Central. 5: 32. 1970; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 619. 1972; Kachroo et al., Fl. Ladakh 129. 1977; Press in Hara et al., Enum. Fl. Pl. Nepal 3: 159. 1982.

I.C. Hedge

  • Nepeta thomsoni Benth. ex Hook. f.

    Aromatic perennial. Stems erect, 10-40 cm, mostly unbranched, arising from a creeping woody rhizome, leafy, finely eglandular pilose, quadrangular. Leaves ovate-elliptic or -oblong, 15-35 (-50) x 8-15 mm, erect or erect-spreading, crenate or serrulate, broadly cuneate or cordate, acute, ± densely eglandular pilose below with numerous sessile oil globules; petiole absent to 4 mm. Inflorescence a terminal oblong or ovoid spike-like head; verticillasters crowded in axils of uppermost often lilac-blue leaves. Inner bracts narrow linear-ovate, as long as calyces. Calyx obscured among leaves and bracts, 6-7 mm, tubular-ovate, ± straight, eglandular pilose or finely glandular papillose with sessile oil globules; throat oblique; teeth unequal, as long as or longer than calyx tube. Corolla pale blue to lilac, 10-13 mm; tube exserted from calyx, slender, scarcely widened above; upper lip deeply bifid; lower lip ± equal to upper. Nutlets 1.7 x 1.2 mm, broad obovate, brown, minutely granular with or without veins and a small basal areole.

    Fl. Per.: July-August.

    Type: [China] Kansu occidentale alpina, ad Hoango superiorum, ann. 1880, Przewalski s.n. (LE).

    Distribution: Kashmir, Sinkiang, Tibet, Himalayas to Sikkim.

    In our area often growing at field edges, further east usually on dry rocky slopes.


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