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1. Marmoritis nivalis (Jacq. ex Benth.) Hedge, comb. nov.

I.C. Hedge

  • Glechoma nivalis (Jacq. ex Benth.) Briquet
  • Nepeta nivalis Jacq. ex Benth.
  • Phyllophyton nivale (Jacq. ex Beath.) C. Y. Wu
  • Pseudolophanthus nivalis (Jacq. ex Benth.) Levin

    Perennial, aromatic, green, with a very long creeping woody rootstock. Stamens ascending or erect, 10-25 x 10-25 cm, usually not branched, purplish below, very finely glandular-pilose, leafy above. Leaves sessile, ovate to very broadly orbicular-ovate, 10-25 mm, usually increasing in size from below upwards, on both surfaces with a ± dense indumentum of capitate glandular hairs, irregularly crenate-serrate, cordate or rounded at base. Flowers almost hidden in axils of upper leaves, 4-6, shortly pedunculate, resupinate or not. Bracts 3.5-5 mm, linear-acuminate. Pedicels 0.5-1 mm. Calyx violet blue or green, curved, 10-11 mm, split to c. 1/3, glandular pilose; lower teeth c. 2.5 mm, acuminate; teeth erect-spreading after anthesis; tube thickly bearded within. Corolla mauve or pale purple, c. 15 mm; tube very slender at base widening to c. 3 mm in diameter at throat; lower lip longer than upper, with a bearded median lobe.

    Fl. Per.: July-August.

    Type: [India, Lahul & Spiti?] In montium glareosis altissimis circa Yurpo, Jacquemont (P).

    Distribution: Kashmir to Nepal, Tibet.


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