Nepeta juncea* auctt. p.p. non Benth.: Hedge & Lamond
Suffruticose, aromatic, clump-forming herb. Stems many, erect, slender, greyish 15-50 cm, not much branched, with an adpressed eglandular indu-mentum of numerous interlocking simple and branched (high magnification needed) hairs, leafy especially below. Leaves ovate-triangular, ± as long as broad, 10-15(-20) x 10-15 mm, greyish, crenulate, rounded or acute, broad truncate or cordate, rugose, with a dense indumentum as on stem and abax-ially with numerous sessile glands; petiole on lower leaves 3-10 mm decreas-ing above. Inflorescence terminal and lateral of many shortly pedunculate or sessile, many-flowered distant verticillasters approximating above; vertical-lasters up to 15 mm diameter in fruit. Bracts many, linear-elliptic to ovate, membranous, acuminate, shorter than to as long as calyces. Flowers ± sessile. Calyx 3-6 mm, tubular, curved, pale green or straw-coloured, with simple and branched long and short eglandular hairs and sessile oil glands; throat oblique; teeth unequal, 1/3 to almost as long as calyx tube. Corolla white with violet or purple spotting on lower lip, 5-7 mm; tube included. Stamens violet, subexserted. Nutlets dark brown, 1.5-1.7 x 0.9 mm, ellipsoid, dark brown, depressed tuberculate with a basal areole, c. 1/4 length of nutlet.
Fl. Per.: May-August.
Type: Afghanistan, Kabul: Tang-i Gharu, 1400-1500 m, Rechinger 16923 (bolo. W; iso. G).
Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan.
A very close ally of Nepeta juncea, q.v., and possibly not specifically distinct.