36. Nepeta brachyantha Rech. f. & Edelb. in Kongel Danske Vidensk. Selsk. 8, 1: 26, f. 11. 1954. Hedge & Lamond in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 28: 113. 1968; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 619. 1972; Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 150: 149, t. 137, 555 f. 4. 1982.
Perennial with a thick woody rootstock. Stems many usually not or little branched, 10-25 cm, slender, erect-ascending, leafy, with a pilose or vinous eglandular indumentum. Leaves greyish, small, c. 7-10 x 7-10 mm, ovate-triangular, serrulate, truncate to subcordate, nervation prominent, ± densely lanate-floccose below with numerous sessile oil globules; petiole 2-12 mm. Inflorescence of many ± loose 3-5-flowered long-pedunculate cymes arising from arils of upper leaves. Bracts linear subulate. Pedicels subabsent to 1 mm. Calyx 4-5.5 mm, tubular, thin-textured, throat oblique, eglandular or glandular pilose with sessile oil globules; teeth unequal, narrow triangular, acute to acuminate, shorter than to subequalling tube. Corolla mauve to violet blue, 8-9.5 mm; tube exserted from calyx. Nutlets 1.7 x 0.8 mm, pale brown, ellipsoid, tuberculate, with a U-shaped areole extending almost its entire length.
Fl. Per.: May-June.
Type: Afghanistan, Nuristan, Pashki, Edelberg 619 (W!, C).
Distribution: E. Afghanistan, NW Pakistan.
Usually growing in rock crevices, ledges or scree. With some affinities to Nepeta grociliflora, but with a much thicker woodier rootstock. Also related to Nepeta aff. hindostana which has very similar and characteristic nutlets with a long extended U-shaped areole.