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18. Nepeta govaniana (Wall. ex Benth.) Benth., Lab. Gen. et Sp. 482. 1834. Benth. in DC., Prodr. 12: 388. 1848; Hook. f., l.c. 663; Blatter, Beaut. Flow. Kashmir 2: 116. 1928; Mukerjee, l.c. 129; Hedge & Lamond, l.c. 104. 1968; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vase. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 621. 1972; Rech. f., l.c. 156, t. 554 f. 9.

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  • Dracocephalum govanianum Wall. [Cat. 2127. 1829] ex Benth.

    Tall erect aromatic perennial herb, c. 50-100 cm. Stems sturdy, quadrangular, very finely eglandular pubescent or finely glandular-papillose, little branched, leafy. Leaves regularly ovate or ovate lanceolate, up to 11 x 6 cm, crenate to serrate, broadly cuneate to rounded, acute, finely eglandular pilose mainly on nerves beneath and with numerous sessile oil globules; petiole 15-30 mm. Inflorescence showy, paniculate, of few-flowered lax pedunculate cymes borne in axils of uppermost leaves and leaf-like bracts. Bracts much smaller than calyces. Pedicels 3-6 mm. Calyx 6-8 mm, tubular, straight or almost so, with a very short eglandular or papillose-glandular indumentum; throat oblique; teeth unequal, triangular or narrow triangular, 1/3 to as long as calyx tube. Corolla c. 25 mm, pale yellow to orange-yellow; tube exserted, slender below, gracefully curved, much widened at throat; upper lip ± falcate, deeply bifid; lower lip ± as long as upper. Nutlets c. 2.5 x 1.4 mm, oblong, greenish brown, apically rounded, minutely granular, with a small areole; often only 1 nutlet developing.

    Fl. Per.: July-September.

    Type: [NW India, Himachal Pradesh] Sirmore et Kamaon, Govan (K).

    Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir, NW India.

    Characterized by the almost straight calyces and the large yellow falcate corollas. Blatter reported, without further detail, a hybrid between Nepeta govaniana and Nepeta erecta which was illustrated (l.c.) as t. 52. f.


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