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Pakistan | Family List | Labiatae | Nepeta

6. Nepeta pubescens Benth. in DC., Prodr. 12: 373. 1848. Hedge & Lamond, l.c. 103; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 625. 1972; Rech. f., l.c. 121.

I.C. Hedge

Similar to Nepeta podostachys in habit, and floral characters, but with larger leaves (c. 2-4 x 1.5-2.5 cm) and a dense white-villous indumentum. on most parts especially the inflorescence.

Holotype: [Afghanistan, Bamian, Hajigak pass] In regno Cabulico, Griffith (K!).

Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan.

Doubtfully specifically separate from Nepeta podostachys. This and the other species in the Nepeta podostachys complex grow in a wide range of habitats, though generally in proximity to streams. Ecological variation probably accounts for some of the polymorphism in the complex; whether hybridization and introgression also plays a part is not known but seems possible. Plants with male-sterile flowers occur in the complex - a phenomenon in the Labiatae not infrequently associated with taxonomically difficult groups (e.g. Mentha and Ziziphora).


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