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3. Otostegia limbata (Benth.) Boiss., F1. Or. 4: 778. 1879. Mukerjee in Rec. Bot. Surv. Ind. 14,1:157. 1940; Hedge & Lamond in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 28: 126. 1968; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 627. 1972; Sharma & Kachroo, Fl. Jammu 265. 1981; Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 150: 349, t. 314, 577-fig.1, 1982.

Vern.: “Away”; “Awan Buti”; “Chili Boob; “Chitti Bui”; “Spinaghzai.”

I.C. Hedge

  • Ballota limbata Benth.

    Shrub c. 40-60 cm, much branched. Stems palish yellow or brown, quadrangular on younger shoots, pubescent with short ± spreading eglandular hairs. Leaves ± clustered, oblong-oblanceolate, entire, 10-20 x 5-8 mm, finely glandular-punctate and with short adpressed hairs, obtuse at apex, attenuate at base, spread over stem and merging into the bracts; spines c. 10 mm in axils. Verticillasters 6-10-flowered, all remote. Bracts several, hard-spiny, c. 10 mm long, pale-coloured, spreading-erect. Calyx ± densely pubescent to pilose and with sessile oil globules, clearly 10-nerved or ribbed; tube tubular-infundibuliform 7-8 mm, densely bearded in throat; limb straw-coloured, reticuulate nerved, broadly turbinate, asymmetrically lobed, often with intermediate irregular smaller lobes, all apiculate or toothed, larger lobes up to 7-8 mm, smaller 4-5 mm. Corolla 15-20 mm long, yellow or orange-yellow; tube c. 7 mm included within calyx; upper lip c. 12 mm long, ± falcate, vinous, long-bearded at margin. Nutlets c. 3.5 x 2.5 mm, obovoid, rounded at apex, not trigonous, often only one developing.

    Fl. Per.: April-May.

    Type: [Pakistan, Jhelum distr., Pind Dadan Khan] Pindaden Khan, Jacquemont 97 (P - n.v., K).

    Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir (endemic).

    This is easily recognized among our species by the not spiny leaf apices, the yellow to orange corollas and the irregularly multi-toothed fruiting calyx. It appears to be endemic to our area; surprisingly, because of its close proxunity to the Afghanistan border, it is not known from Afghanistan.


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