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Published In: Flora Iranica : Flora des Iranischen Hochlandes und der Umrahmenden Gebirge : Persien, Afghanistan, Teile von West-Pakistan, Nord-Iraq, (cont) 150: 67. 1982. (Fl. Iranica) Name publication detail

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Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge & A. Paton
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-July.
Type: Holotype: Afghanistan, Jaji: in jugo Peiwar Kotal, c. 2700 m, Rechinger 32265 (W! isotype E!).
Distribution: Distribution: E. Afghanistan, Pakistan.
Comment/Acknowledgements: A much branched prostrate plant with similarities both to Scutellaria edelbergii and Scutellaria prostrata. It appears to be distinct on account of its habit and small regularly crenate leaves with a prominent dense indumentum of relatively long glandular and eglandular hairs. It is often to be found in coniferous or broad-leaved woodland.

The Aitchison specimen cited above was named in Aitchison’s flora of the Kurram Valley (J. Linn. Soc. 19: 183. 1881) as “Scutellaria glutinosa Benth. var. ?”. Scutellaria glutinosa is a frequent species in E. Afghanistan but to date has not been collected on the Pakistan side of the border. As the name implies, it is a very glandular species.

Map Location: C-5 N. Waziristan: Razani, iv 1924, Lester Garland s.n. (K); C-6 Kurram: Kurram valley, Harsukh 14916 (K); Pakistan/Afghanistan. Kurram: Habibka-la towards Peiwar Kotal, Aitchison 201 (K).


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Perennial prostrate suffruticose herb with a woody rootstock. Stems 5-30 cm, the longer ones rooting at intervals, prostrate-procumbent, slender, round-quadrangular, leafy, much branched; indumentum of very long dense mostly patent eglandular hairs and above with glandular hairs. Leaves 6-14 x 6-11 mm, ovate to broadly ovate, regularly crenate, cuneate, acute or obtuse; indumentum dense with numerous long glandular and eglandular hairs, abaxial surface with sessile glands. Petiole 2-11 mm. Inflorescence 4-sided, condensed, abbreviated, terminal or lateral; flowers subtended by elliptic to broadly elliptic, 6-13 x 3-6 mm bracts which are entire, cuneate, acute, purple or green, thin-textured, imbricate, cucullate and densely glandular-pilose. Pedicels 2.5-5 mm, erect, ± flattened. Calyx 1.5-2 mm, with a small sometimes purplish scutellum, enlarging in fruit to 4 mm with a 5 mm high scutellum; indumentum similar to that of the indumentum axis. Corolla 23-31 mm, yellow to purplish, spreading-erect or erect, externally glandular- and eglandular-pilose; tube 18-25 mm. Nutlets smooth with adpressed white hairs, grey-black, 1.5 x 1 mm.
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