Asian Lopseed
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Asian Lopseed
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Asian Lopseed
Botanical name: Phryma oblongifolia    Family: Phrymaceae (Lopseed family)
Synonyms: Phryma humilis

Asian Lopseed is a perennial herb up to 80 cm tall, 4-angled with opposite ovate-oblong to ovate-elliptical up to 16 cm long leaves; leaf-stalk up to 4 cm long. Flowers are white to pale purplish, in spikes on up to 20 cm long flower-cluster-stalks. Sepal tube is 2.5-3.2 mm long, upper teeth shorter than tube, Flower are 2-lipped, lower 3-lobed, upper bilobed; ovary hairless, fruit ellipsoid achene enclosed in persistent calyx. Asian Lopseed is found in the Himalaya, from Kashmir to Nepal, Khasia, Indo-China, China, E. Siberia, Korea, Japan, at altitudes of 1500-2600 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir University, Srinagar.

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