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Published In: Botanisk Tidsskrift 28(2): 238–239, f. 4. 1908. (Bot. Tidsskr.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-August.
Type: Syntypes: [Tadzhik SSR] Pamir mts: Gordo-ba, 3500 m, Paulsen 619 (C, G!); Tshatir Tash, 4200 m, Paulsen 784 (C); near Jashil Kul, 3800 m, Paulsen 991 (C).
Distribution: Distribution: NE Afghanistan, Pakistan, Pamir-Alai, Tian Shan, Sinkiang.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Probably more widespread in our area than the cited specimens would indicate. Closely allied to the likewise high alpine Dracocephalum auchen Boiss. from Iran and Turkey and one of a complex of related vicarious species stretching across Asia (cf. Hedge, l.c.) from the SW to the NE. Also a very close ally of the C Asiatic Dracocephalum discolor Bge. and in the recent Conspect. Fl. As. Med. (Vvedensky 9: 62. 1987) Dracocephalum paulsenii is considered synonymous with it.
Map Location: A-7 Chitral: Owir, 3800 m, Bowes Lyon 880 (BM, E); A-8 Karakoram: Nagar, Hispar village, 3960 m, O. Polunin 6332 (BM, E).


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Low growing ± caespitose perennial with a thick branched woody rootstock. Stems prostrate-ascending to c. 5 cm with a spreading eglandular pilose indumentum, leafy. Leaves ± ovate-orbicular in outline, c. 5 x 3 mm, deeply crenate to pinnatifid, margins revolute, canescent above, whitish tomentose below, eglandular; petiole less than lamina length. Inflorescence a dense terminal ovoid head, c. 2-3 x 1.5 cm. Bracts often violet coloured, lobed or simple, c. 3/4 length of calyx. Pedicels 0.5 mm or less. Calyx usually darkish violet, 6-7 mm, scarcely bilabiate, with long spreading eglandular hairs; upper lip with a broad ovate median lobe and two narrower lateral lobes; lower lip with two ovate-lanceolate teeth; all teeth acuminate. Corolla 10-12 mm, deep blue to purplish violet, externally pilose. Nutlets not known.
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