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Published In: Botanische Zeitung (Berlin) 33: 447. 1875. (Bot. Zeitung (Berlin)) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-August.
Type: Type: In Tibetiae occidentalis alt. 10-14000', T. Thomson (E, K).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir, NW India, W. Tibet.
Comment/Acknowledgements: This is a very distinct species. The characters of the spiny bracts and the triquetrous-truncate nutlets are unusual in the genus. One field note remarks that the plant has "a disagreable odour". Widespread and common, reaching high altitudes (to 4800 m) in Kashmir.
Illustration: Stachys tibetica Vatke (Illustration)
Map Location: A-7 Gilgit: Yasin, Saood Omer 215, 223 (KUH); Kazmi 5648 (KUH); A-7? Gilgit: Banu Gah Nala, c. 2500 m, Thornley 33 (BM, E); Kargah Nullah, Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 2717 (RAW, KUH); A-8 Gilgit: Naltar to Naltar Pine, Saood Omer 118 (KUH); Naltar to Nomal, Saood Omer 141 (KUH); A-8/B-8 Karakoram: Kondus glacier, 3800 m, Axt s.n. (W); B-8 Kashmir, Baltistan: Skardu to Satpura Lake, Abdul Ghafoor & Z. Butt 540 (KUH); Satpura, c. 3800 m, Siddiqi & Y. Nasir s.n. (RAW, KUH); Skardu, Y. Nasir s.n. (RAW); Dias, 3000 m, Stainton 7805 (BM, E); Shingo valley, Duthie 11832 (E); Gharesa glacier, 3650 m, O. Polunin 6097 (BM, E); Skoro La, 2900 m, Hartmann s.n. (G); Kardung, La, to 4800 m, Hartmann s.n. (G); Shigar, Saood Omer et al. 891 (KUH); Gilgit: Basin to Kargah, Ghafoor & Butt 768 (KUH); B-9 Kashmir; Ladak: Kharbu Koma to Shaksi, Schlagintweit Cat. 5340 (E); Stok, 3300-3960 m, Maxwell s.n. (E); B-10 Kashmir, Ladak: Tankse, 4100 m, Koelz 2459 (E, NY).


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Perennial, suffruticose, clump-forming, much branched. Stems slender, quadrangular, erect, 20-50 (-70) cm, with a fine short eglandular indumentum. Leaves oblong to ovate-lanceolate, 10-25 x 5-10 mm, entire to clearly lobed, cuneate, acute, green, on both surfaces pilose with short hairs, below with numerous sessile oil globules. Verticillasters 2-, rarely up to 6-flowered, clearly distant. Bracts subulate, spiny, 3-5 mm. Calyx tubular-obtriangular, 18-10 mm, ± densely covered with fine short hairs and sessile oil globules, not bilabiate; teeth triangular, c. 4 mm, equal, spinulose, erect-spreading; tube glabrous at throat. Corolla pink, 15-20 mm, shortly pilose; tube narrow straight, c. 10 mm, annulate; upper lip ± straight, entire. Stamens 4, didynamous, usually curved and projecting below corolla upper lip; thecae slightly hairy. Nutlets c. 2.5 x 1.5 mm, trigonous, apically truncate.
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