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15. Nepeta eriostachys Benth., Lab. Gen. et Sp. 734. 1835. Benth. in DC., Prodr. 12: 371. 1848; Hook. f., l.c. 657; Blatter, Beaut. Flow. Kashmir 2: 119. 1928; Mukerjee, l.c. 123; Rao in Bull. Bot. Surv. Ind. 2: 412. 1960; Stewart in Pak. J. For. 11: 52. 1961; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 620. 1972; Kachroo et al., Fl. Ladakh 130. 1977.

I.C. Hedge

Similar in habit, facies and indumentum to Nepeta discolor, but: generally a sturdier plant with leaves up to 30 (-45) x 20(-30) mm, broad ovate-triangular to broad oblong; petiole subabsent to 15 mm; spikes up to 50 x 25 mm; calyx to 11 mm and corolla (whitish, lilac, blue or ? yellow) to 17 mm.

Fl. Per.: July-September.

Type: [Kashmir] In Cashmeriae vallibus Baspa et Paber, in herbosis editioribus, ad margines sylvarum etc., Jacquemont (P - n.v.).

Distribution: Kashmir, NW India.

Although Bentham in the original description stated that the leaves were subsessile, this is not always so in the material examined. R. R. Stewart gives the corolla colour as bright blue; he also says it is a common species in alpine meadows. Field observations are needed to determine whether or not intergradation with Nepeta discolor occurs; the two species are very similar.


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