Hairy Leucas
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Hairy Leucas
A Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Hairy Leucas • Kannada: ಕಾಡುತುಂಬೆ Kaadu tumbe
Botanical name: Leucas hirta    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Leucas helianthemifolia, Phlomis hirta

Hairy Leucas is an erect herb, with branches covered with reflexed hairs. Leaves are 5-6 x 1.5 cm, elliptic, blunt, pointed at base, distantly rounded toothed, hairy above, densely woolly beneath; leaf-stalk 8 mm long. Flowers are borne in heads at branch-ends; bracts 10 x 1 mm, linear, bristly. Flowers are 15-30 in a head; sepal-cup tube 7 mm long, white, densely hairy outside. Flower tube is 5 mm long, upper lip notched, white, hairy, midlobe of lower lip notched. Hairy Leucas is native to Peninsular India. Flowering: September-December.
Medicinal uses: The tribal groups of the Western Ghats use the leaves as antiseptic, wound healer in septic wounds, in treating fever, cough, snake bite, and liver disorders.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar, Ashutosh Sharma Photographed near Yelahanka, Bengaluru.

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