Trailing Calamint
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Trailing Calamint
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Trailing Calamint
Botanical name: Clinopodium javanicum    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Calamintha repens, Clinopodium repens (Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don) Benth. nom. illeg.

Trailing Calamint is a herb with stems trailing, rising up, about 35 cm, hairy, angles and upper part densely so. Flowers are borne in widely spaced, nearly spherical whorls, 1.2-1.5 cm in diameter, 1.5-1.8 cm in fruit. Sepal-tube is about 6 mm, white fringed with hairs, glandular finely velvet-hairy; upper teeth triangular, with a tail; lower teeth awned. Flowers are rose, about 7 mm, slightly longer than sepal-cup, finely velvet-hairy. Floral leaves are longer than verticillasters; bracts needlelike, 3-5 mm. Leaf-stalks are 5-14 mm; leaf blade ovate, 1-3.5 x 1-2.5 cm, sparsely minutely bristly, base broadly wedge-shaped to rounded, margin incurved-sawtoothed, tip pointed to blunt. Nutlets are almost spherical, about 0.8 mm in diameter. Trailing Calamint is found in the Himalaya to China, New Guinea and Sri Lanka. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Uttarakhand & Kashmir.

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