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3. Nepeta adenophyta Hedge in Pak. J. Bot. 21(1): 195. 1989.

I.C. Hedge

  • Nepeta glutinosa var. crenata Stewart

    Clump-forming aromatic perennial with an all-over dense glandular indumentum of short and long glandular hairs. Stems erect, 30-50 cm, mostly unbranched, densely leafy. Leaves oblong-ovate or oblong-elliptic, c. 30(-60) x 15(40) mm, erect or spreading-erect, crenulate or crenate, all sessile and ± amplexicaul or lowermost with an up to 2 mm petiole, densely glandular. Inflorescence of 3-8 distant or uppermost approximating many-flowered, ± adpressed, usually shortly pedunculate verticillasters, all borne in the axils of the upper leaves. Bracts linear-elliptic, slightly shorter than calyces. Calyx narrow tubular, 8-12 mm, straight; throat slightly oblique; teeth unequal, triangular, c. 1/3 length of tube. Corolla c. 18 mm, white or lower lip purple-speckled; tube slender, dearly exserted, curved, scarcely wider above. Nutlets brownish black, oblong-ellipsoid, 2.1 x 1.1 mm, minutely granular with faint longitudinal veins, areole bilobed c. 1/4 length of nutlet.

    Fl. Per.: August.

    Holotype: Pakistan [B-8], Gilgit: SW Astor, Rama valley, dry rocky hillside, clumped erect herb, c. 15", with powerfully pungent green leaves, flowers whitish c. 5 mm across, anthers white, 3140 m, 1 Aug. 1967, Lankester & Pearson TEL 1315 (K!).

    Distribution: Endemic.

    Although at first glance, the general appearance of this new species is quite different from Nepeta glutinosa, it is certainly a close ally of it as the similarity of description shows. Dr. Stewart (l.c.) first drew attention to the taxon as "var. crenata ined." (never formally published), but, with the material now available, species rank seems more appropriate. Nevertheless, the only real difference is that of leaves: crenate as opposed to deeply incised-serrate. Both species are known from a reasonable number of gatherings, both remarkably constant in their characters; they would be an interesting pair to study in depth.


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