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1. Orthosiphon rubicundus (D. Don) Benth. in Wall., Pl. As. Rar. 2: 14. 1831. Hook., Ic. Pl. t. 459. 1842; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4: 614. 1885; Mukerjee in Rec. Bot. Sun. Ind. 14, 1: 25, 1940; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 627. 1972; Press in Hara et al., Enum. Fl. Pl. Nepal 3: 160. 1982.

I.C. Hedge

  • Plectranthus rubicundus D. Don

    Perennial herb with a woody rootstock. Stems erect, slender, quadrangular, leafy below, simple or branched, 15-50 cm, with an indumentum of short spreading hairs. Leaves obovate to oblong-elliptic, 4-8 x 1-3 cm, inconspicuously gland-dotted, crenulate to serrulate, cuneate, sessile, apex rounded or acute, with short multicellular hairs or glabrescent. Inflorescence unbranched or branched. Verticillasters 10-20, forming long rather slender racemes, 4-8-flowered, distant. Bracts 2-2.5 mm, ovate. Pedicels 1.5-3 mm. Calyx tubular, c. 4.5 mm in flower, expanding in fruit to 9-10 mm, deflexed and curved, tubular campanulate; throat glabrous; lateral teeth in fruit broadly ovate-triangular, c. 1.5 mm; lower teeth narrow triangular-subulate, c. 2.5 mm. Corolla white or pink, c. 12 mm; tube clearly exserted beyond calyx teeth. Stamens included. Nutlets ovoid-globose, 1.5 x 1.2 mm apically rounded, finely punctulate, mucilaginous on wetting.

    Type: Described from Nepal.

    Distribution: Kashmir to Nepal and Burma.

    No specimens have been seen from our area; the Kashmir record requires confirmation. It is not mentioned in the recent Flora of Jammu (Sharma & Kachroo, 1981).


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