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2. Geniosporum menthoides (L.) Druce in Rep. Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 3 suppl. (1): 418. 1914.

I.C. Hedge

  • Geniosporum prostratum (L.) Benth.
  • Geniosporum tenuiflorum (L.) Merrill
  • Ocimum menthoides L.

    A prostrate or ascending scabrid to villous herb up to 30 cm. Leaves oblong-elliptic to oblong-linear, thickish texture, up to c. 4 x 0.5-1 cm, sessile, with scattered hairs on both surfaces. Inflorescence spikes slender, up to 10 cm or more with numerous many-flowered verticillasters. Calyx ± deflexed in fruit, with some glandular hairs. Corolla pink, white or bluish, c. 3 mm. Stamens exserted.

    Lectotype: Herb. Hermann 229, 1: 62, left specimen (BM) - cf. Press & Sivarajan in Bull. Br. Mus. Nat. Hist. (Bat.) 19:116.1989.

    Distribution: Central India, south to Sri Lanka, Pakistan ?.

    The basis of this record is in Mukerjee (l.c.). Subsequently, the Hooper specimen has not been found at Kew and Jafri in his Flora of Karachi merely repeated Mukerjee. It, as with the previous species, seems an improbable, but not impossible, record.


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