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1. Otostegia persica (Burm. f.) Boiss., Fl. Or. 4:777. 1879. Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 150: 347, t. 312. 1982.

I.C. Hedge

  • Ballota persica (Burm. f.) Benth.
  • Moluccella persica Burm. f.
  • Otostegia kotschyi Boiss.
  • Otostegia microphylla Boiss.

    Shrub to c. 1 (-2) m. Stems with a dense eglandular, short indumentum. Leaves suborbicular-obovate, cuneate, c. 12 x 12 mm, with a prominent indumentum of eglandular hairs and numerous sessile oil globules, crenate to dentate with 0.5-1 mm spines. Petiole up to 10 mm. Spines up to 20 mm present in axils of lower and upper leaves. Verticillasters few-flowered, remote. Bracts spiny c 10 mm long, ± horizontally spreading. Calyx densely pilose, clearly 10-nerved or ribbed; tube c. 8 mm long; limb spreading ± 10mm in diameter, straw-coloured, membranous, irregularly lobed and toothed. Corolla whitish, c. 20 mm long; tube ± length of calyx tube; upper lip c. 10 mm ± falcate, densely villous. Stamens included or ± exserted. Nutlets obovoid, c. 2-5 mm, rounded at apex, with oil globules, often only one maturing.

    Type: Persia, Burman (G - n.v.).

    Distribution: S. Iran, SW Pakistan.

    A widespread species in the south of Iran including the SE provinces of Baluchistan and Makran, just reaching into Pakistan: Readily distinguished from our other two species by the suborbicular to obovate-cuneate leaves, leafy stems and the ± membranous calyx limb.


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