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7. Ajuga ciliata Bunge, Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg Divers Savans. 2: 125. 1833.

筋骨草 jin gu cao

Herbs perennial. Stems erect, 25-40 cm tall, purplish red or greenish red. Petiole 1 cm or more, sometimes purple-red, amplexicaul, gray pilose or ciliate only on margin; leaf blade ovate-elliptic to narrowly elliptic, 4-7.5 × 3.2-4 cm, strigose or pilose, base cuneate-decurrent, margin irregularly double dentate, ciliate, apex obtuse to acute. Inflorescences terminal, 5-10 cm, of crowded verticillasters; floral leaves sometimes purplish red, ovate, 1-1.5 cm, base cuneate, margin entire to slightly incised, apex acute. Calyx funnelform-campanulate, 7-8 mm, glabrous; teeth pilose, ciliate, narrowly triangular, 1/2 or more as long as calyx, apically acute, regular. Corolla tube 2 × or more as long as calyx, pilose, puberulent, villous annulate inside; upper lip straight, apex rounded and emarginate; lower lip enlarged, elongated, with middle lobe obcordate and lateral lobes linear-oblong. Nutlets adaxially swollen at middle, areole covering almost entire adaxial side. Fl. Apr-Aug, fr. Jul-Sep.

* Streamsides, moist grasslands, moist areas in forests, dense grass; 300-2500 m. Gansu, Hebei, Hubei, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Zhejiang

1 Plants glabrous or subglabrous.   (2)
+ Plants conspicuously hairy.   (3)
2 (1) Corolla white to pale rose or red; calyx teeth narrowly triangular   7b var. glabrescens
+ Corolla whitish green; calyx teeth ovate   7c var. ovatisepala
3 (1) Plants pilose or strigose except for gray villous on younger stems   7a var. ciliata
+ Plants villous or densely white villous.   (4)
4 (3) Abaxial leaf surface purplish red; corolla purple with blue lines; plants villous   7d var. hirta
+ Abaxial leaf surface greenish; corolla tube whitish, limb blue or purple; plants denselywhite villous   7e var. chanetii

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