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Published In: Botanical Miscellany 3: 377. 1833[1833]. (Bot. Misc.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
General/Distribution: The generic name Marmoritis is resuscitated after almost 150 years in synonymy and replaces the currently accepted Phyllophyton. 5 species in the mountains of C Asia, the Himalaya and China. A very close ally of Nepeta and Glechoma L. (not in our area), but apparently meriting independent generic status on the characters of inflorescence, habit and resupinate corollas; all the species grow in screes and moraines up to very high altitudes.


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High-alpine, herbaceous perennials with a creeping woody rootstock, of a scree habit. Stems short, densely leafy, sometimes with imbricate leaves, pilose with simple eglandular or glandular hairs, mostly unbranched. Leaves not divided, sessile or petiolate, ± orbicular to reniform. Flowers in axils of middle and upper leaves, resupinate (or not?) solitary or few on short peduncles. Bracts entire, shorter than calyces. Calyx tubular, 15-nerved, curved or ± straight, obliquely bilabiate or bilabiate; upper lip deeply 3-toothed; lower lip deeply 2-toothed; tube densely bearded within or ± glabrous. Corolla bilabiate; tube slender, dilated at throat, exserted, glabrous within; upper lip short, straight, bifid; lower lip 3-lobed. Stamens 4, included or exserted, didynamous with posterior (upper) stamens slightly or clearly longer than anterior (lower) ones; thecae bilocular, glabrous, parallel or diverging. Style bifid with slightly unequal lobes. Nutlets inadequately known.

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1 Leaves petiolate; calyx tube glabrous or slightly pilose within; stamens included 2 Marmoritis rotundifolia
+ Leaves sessile; calyx tube densely bearded within; posterior pair of stamens exserted or subexserted 1 Marmoritis nivalis
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