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Alajja rhomboidea (Benth.) Ikonn.-Gal. in Nov. Syst. Pl. Vasc. Leningrad. 8: 274. 1971. Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 150: 333. 1982; Tuljaganova in Vvedensky, Conspect. Fl. As. Med. 9: 117. 1987.

I.C. Hedge

  • Alajja afghanica (Rech. f.) Ikonn.-Gal.
  • Alajja anomala (Juz.) Ikonn.-Gal.
  • Erianthera afghanica (Rech. f.) Kamelin
  • Erianthera anomala Juz.
  • Erianthera rhomboidea Benth.
  • Eriophyton afghanicum Rech. f.
  • Lamium rhomboideum (Benth.) Benth.
  • Susilkumara anomala (Juz.) S.S.R. Bennet
  • Susilkumara rhomboidea (Benth.) S.S.R. Bennet

    Perennial with a creeping thick woody rootstock. Stems few to several, unbranched, slender at base with leaf-like scales, thicker above, tomentose to lanate with simple hairs, leafy, decumbent-ascending, 10-25 cm long. Leaves often congested, broadly reniform-rhomboid, upper larger than lower, c. 35-50 x 40-60 mm, variable in density of indumentum from densely white lanate to tomentose and glabrescent, crenate to crenulate, truncate to broad cuneate; petiole on lower leaves broad, up to 20 mm below less above. Flowers few, large, 4-8 in upper leaf axils, sessile. Bracts subulate, shorter than calyces. Calyx 15-18 mm long, lanate to tomentose; tube straight, herbaceous; teeth subequal lanceolate, subulate-acuminate. Corolla 30-40 mm, pubescent; lower lip equal to or longer than upper. Nutlets obovoid, smooth, c. 5 mm.

    Fl. Per.: July-August.

    Type: [India] Kanaour, Royle.

    Distribution: E. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Soviet C. Asia, Tibet.

    An unmistakable high alpine scree species; probably more widespread in the mountains than the cited records might indicate. Wendelbo (l.c) noted that it had a strong unpleasant smell.

    In the recent Conspectus of Soviet Asiatic flora, Tuljaganova (l.c.) recognizes 3 species, Alajja rhomboidea, Alajja anomala and Alajja afghanica, which here are considered as one.


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