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6. Lepidagathis lutea Dalz., In, Hook., J. Bot. Kew Misc. 2:139. 1850. Clarke in Hook. f., Brit. Ind. 4: 517. 1884: Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. 2:471. 1960; Chaudhri & Chuttar, Veg. & Range Fl. Thar Desert 39. 1966.

Vern: Jubali Kakori.


A suberect, 15-50 cm undershrub with almost glabrous, 4-angled branchlets from a woody rootstock. Leaves sessile, linear or linear-lanceolate, 2.5-5 cm x 2.5-5 mm almost glabrous, 3-nerved from the tapering base, acute. Flowers yellow, in axillary or basal radical clusters of 1-3, silky-pubescent, globose spikes; bracts variable, silky hairy, outermost ovate, 1.2-3 cm long, 3-nerved, sharply spine tipped, inner bracts membranous, smaller in size, spine-tipped; bracteoles ovate to obovate, c. 10-12 mm long silky-pubescent on both sides, spinescent. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes unequal, thick, silky-hairy on both sides, spinous tipped, outer wider and longer than the others. Corolla c. 12 mm long, tube abruptly truncately expanded, throat hairy, limb pubescent outside, upper lip entire or emarginate, lower lip deeply 3-lobed, lobes obtuse, ovary glabrous, 2-ovuled, style hairy. Capsule ovoid-lanceolate, c. 6 mm long, 2-seeded. Seeds oblong-ovoid, with long hygroscopic hairs.

Fl. Per.: January-April.

Type: [W. India] Crescit in rupibus nudis provinciae Malwan, Dalzell.

Distribution: Pakistan (Nagar Parker), India (Western peninsula).

Reported from G-6 Tharparker Dist.: Nagar Parker hills by Clausal & Chuttar (1.c.). The present authors, however, have not seen any authentic material from our area.


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