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Published In: Labiatarum Genera et Species 482. 1834. (Labiat. Gen. Spec.) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-August.
Type: Type: [NW India, Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur] Kanaor, Royle.
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir, NW India.
Comment/Acknowledgements: 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.
Map Location: Chitral: Ziarat, Toppin 437 (K); Utter, E. Nasir & Zaffar Ali 3995 (RAW); B-6 Chitral: Lowari pass, Harriss 16511 (K); B-7 Hazara: Thandiani, 2600 m, Burtt 723 (E), Inayat 20058 (K); Nathia Gali, 2440 m, 6.1960, McVean s.n. (E); Shogran, 29.6.1963, Kazmi s.n. (PES); Gabral, 3000 m, Grohman (W); B-8 Kashmir: Sind valley, Mohanmarg, 2280 m, Ludlow & Sherriff 8149 (BM, E); Gulmarg, Steane 4 (E); Pahlgam, 2560 m, O. Polunin 56/470 (BM, E); Liddar valley, 2000 m, Duthie 13069 (E); Kishen Ganga, Folowai, 2100 m, Ludlow & Sherriff 1429 (BM, E); Kishen Ganga, Shonthar valley, 3050 m, Ludlow & Sherriff 1516 (BM, E); Tragbol, Osmaston 25 (K); Kashmir: Aharbal, 2200 m, Stainton 7835 (BM, E); Pasar, Wardwan, 2740 m, Stainton 8623 (BM, E); C-8 Kashmir: Kishtawar, Tsingam, 2130 m, Ludlow & Sherriff 9113 (BM, E).


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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).
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