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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 575. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
Type: Type: Europe, Italy (LINN 729/6 - microfiche!).
Distribution: Distribution: Mediterranean region to Afghanistan, C. Asia and Kashmir.
Comment/Acknowledgements: A very distinctive annual on account of the spinulose calyx teeth and the small yellow flowers.
Illustration: Sideritis montana L. (Illustration)
Map Location: C-7 Kashmir: Kotli distr., Hilton Khurd, Jan Mohd. (RAW).


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Annual, pilose to vinous. Stems erect, 10-40 cm high, with spreading long eglandular hairs with or without sessile oil globules. Leaves 10-30 x 4-10 cm, oblong-spathulate or elliptic, entire or near apex crenulate, lowermost shortly petiolate, upper sessile. Inflorescence often extending almost the whole length of stem. Verticillasters 6-20, in axils of leaves, 3-6-flowered, mostly remote; uppermost leaves sometimes yellowish. Flowers yellow, almost sessile. Calyx c. 8 mm, green, with long and shorter eglandular hairs; teeth equal, oblong-ovate, c. 3 mm long terminating in a c. 2 mm mucro; tube 10-nerved, cylindrical-tubular; in fruit calyx scarcely expanded and turning brown, with erect-spreading teeth. Corolla shorter than calyx, c. 6-7 mm, vinous or pilose, yellow turning brownish black. Staminal thecae small, reduced. Nutlets pale brown, c. 1.9 x 1 mm, greyish brown obovate, apically rounded, with fine raised reticulations.
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