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19. Nepeta erecta (Boyle ex Benth.) Berth., 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; Rao in Bull. Bot. Surv. Ind. 2: 412. 1960; Hedge & Lamond, l.c. 104; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. P1. W. Pak. & Kashm. 620. 1972; Sharma & Kachroo, Fl. Jammu 262. 1981; Rech. f., l.c. 128, t. 118, 554 f. 10.

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  • Dracocephalum erectum Boyle ex Benth.

    Herbaceous perennial. Stems up to 120 cm, arising from a woody rhizome, erect, not or little branched, quadrangular, with a short pilose eglandular or finely eglandular indumentum, usually glandular on inflorescence axis, leafy. Leaves 40-80 x 20-40 mm, narrow to broad ovate, green above, paler below, truncate to cordate, ± regularly serrate, acute, eglandular-piose below with numerous sessile oil globules; petiole on lower leaves to 2 cm, less above. Inflorescence of separated verticillasters, lowermost pedunculate in leaf axils, upper ± sessile and approximating. Bracts linear, longer than pedicels to c. 1/3 calyx length. Pedicels to 2.5 mm. Calyx c. 9 mm, almost straight, tubular-obtriangular, densely papillose-glandular and with oil globules; throat slightly oblique; teeth somewhat unequal, broad-triangular lanceolate, longest to c. 3 mm, acute. Corolla 20-25 mm, pale mauve to deep violet blue; tube slightly curved, slender below, exserted, abruptly dilated above; upper lip deeply bilobed, lower lip reflexed or spreading, longer than upper. Nutlets c. 2.1 x 1.5 mm, dark brown, broad obovoid, minutely granular with a small bilobed basal areole (few nutlets seen).

    Fl. Per.: June-August.

    Type: [NW India, Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur] Kanaor, Royle.

    Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir, NW India.

    A handsome species with affinities to Nepeta clarkei, which has smaller flowers and longer bracts, Nepeta erecta usually grows in grassy meadows or in forested places.


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