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Published In: Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 15: 423. 1842. (Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-August.
Type: Type: [Soviet C Asia] Dzungaria, Ala Tau, Sarkhan, Karelin & Kirilow 1813 (K!, LE, MW - n.v.).
Distribution: Distribution: C. Asia, Afghanistan, Tibet, Sinkiang, W. Himalayas, Pakistan.
Comment/Acknowledgements: A high alpine species often on bare slopes or screes, easily recognized by the petiolate basal leaves and the exserted stamens. Recorded by Hartmann (l.c.) up to 5280 m. Rather anomalous in Dracocephalum.
Map Location: A-8 Gilgit: Naltar valley, 3650 m, R. R. Stewart 26185 (RAW); Hunza valley, Khunjrab and Sust, c. 3650 m, Muqarrab Shah & Jamshed 198 (E); A-9 Kashmir: Shaksgam, ann. 1926, Mason s.n. (K); B-8/9 Kashmir, Baltistan: Hushe Nullah, opposite Khapalu, 3650 m, Ludlow 358 (E); B-9 Kashmir: Baltistan, Thalle La above Shigar, c. 3050 m, R. R. Stewart 20643 (RAW); Burji La, C. B. Clarke 29896 (K); La Diang, 4800 m, Koelz 9805 (RAW); Karakoram, 6 km NW Hispar village, 4200 m, O. Polunin 6318 (BM, E); Ladak: Leh, J. L. Stewart 2677 (E).


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Perennial strongly aromatic with a slender often creeping woody root-stock. Stems few to several, slender, quadrangular often purplish, 10-30 cm, ascending, with a very fine indumentum of eglandular hairs. Leaves few, broadly ovate to orbicular, cordate, clearly crenate to serrate, c. 5-15 x 5-15 mm, thickish in texture, on both surfaces with short eglandular hairs, below with sessile oil globules; lowermost leaves with a petiole up to 3.5 cm, uppermost shortly petiolate. Inflorescence a terminal capitulum, sometimes with a few subterminal congested distant verticillasters; verticillasters c. 12-flowered; bracts ovate-oblong, white-pilose, long acuminate. Pedicels c. 2-3 mm. Calyx 5-6 mm long, white-pilose, often tinged violet, indistinctly bilabiate; teeth ovate-triangular long mucronate, not diverging in fruit. Corolla purple or dark blue, c. 10 mm long, externally pilose; tube narrow scarcely wider above. Stamens clearly exserted up to 2.5 mm beyond corolla upper lip. Nutlets oblong, c. 2 x 1 mm.
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