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32. Nepeta distans Royle ex Benth. in Hook., Bot. Misc. 3: 379. 1833. Benth. in DC., Froth. 12: 378. 1848; Hook. f., l.c. 660; Mukerjee, 1.c.131.

I.C. Hedge

  • Nepeta mollis Benth.
  • Nepeta prainii Duthie

    Suffruticose aromatic herb. Stems several, erect, 20-50 cm, arising from a thick woody rootstock, quadrangular, branched or not, with a ± dense indumentum of long spreading, usually at stem base, or short retrorse eglandular hairs and sessile glands, leafy. Leaves ± broad ovate, 12-20 x 10-15 mm, ± rugose with prominent nervation, broad truncate to cordate, crenate; petiole on lower leaves up to 20 mm, decreasing up the stem. Inflorescence spicate; spikes terminal, continuous or basal verticillasters distant; verticil-lasters ± sessile or on short peduncles. Inner bracts narrow elliptic stipitate, acuminate-setaceous, shorter than calyces. Pedicels 1-1.5 mm. Calyx 7-10 mm, tubular, curved, densely eglandular or glandular-pilose with scattered oil globules; mouth clearly oblique; teeth unequal, 1/3-1/2 length of tube, trian-gular at base, softly spinulose. Corolla c. 12 mm, pale-lilac, pink or creamy-brown; tube scarcely exserted. Nutlets c. 1.7 x 0.9 mm, dark brown, oblong-ellipsoid, depressed tuberculate, with a prominent angled areole, c. 1/3 length of nutlet.

    Fl. Per.: April-July.

    Holotype: [NW India] Syen Range and Mussooree, Royle (K!).

    Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir, NW India.

    With the material now available, there seems no reason to maintain Nepeta distans, Nepeta mollis and Nepeta prainii as separate species as Mukerjee (l.c.) did.


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