Small-Flowered Shrub-Mint
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Small-Flowered Shrub-Mint
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Small-Flowered Shrub-Mint • Manipuri: ꯁꯡꯕ꯭ꯔꯩ Sangbrei • Tangkhul: Karihan
Botanical name: Pogostemon parviflorus    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Pogostemon championii

Small-Flowered Shrub-Mint is a nearly erect subshrub, few branched. Stems and branches are sparsely velvet-hairy. Leaf-stalks are 1-1.3 cm; leaf blade ovate-lanceshaped, 6-8 x 2.5-4 cm, membranous, sparsely appressed velvet-hairy especially along veins, base wedge-shaped, margin obscurely double rounded toothed, entire at base, tip tapering. Flowers are borne in ovoid-cylindric spikes, 1.5-3.5 x 1 cm, continuous, appressed velvet-hairy; verticillasters in loose panicles on branch tips. Flowers are purplish, about 7 mm, hairless, margin sparsely fringed with hairs velvet-hairy, petals almost equal. Filaments bearded. Style lobes subequal, about 1.5 mm. Flower-cluster-stalks are about 5 mm; bracts ovate-lanceshaped, about 3 mm. Sepal-cup is narrowly bell-shaped, about 4 mm, velvet-hairy outside; teeth triangular, tip pointed, equal, about 1/3 as long as sepal-cup. Small-Flowered Shrub-Mint is found in NE India, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and SE Asia.
Medicinal uses: Small-Flowered Shrub-Mint has antiseptic activity and it is useful in the treatment of enteritis, eczema and mycotic enteritis.

Identification credit: V. Sampath Kumar Photographed at Prabalgad, Maharashtra.

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