Travancore Shrub-Mint
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Travancore Shrub-Mint
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Travancore Shrub-Mint
Botanical name: Pogostemon travancoricus    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Pogostemon travancoricus var. devicolamensis

Travancore Shrub-Mint is a rare subshrub with stem woody below, reachinng 2 ft in height, branches smooth and flower racemes black when dry. Leaves are ovate, long-stalked, doubly toothed, somewhat pointed, base rounded or wedge-shaped, 2.5-5 cm. Leaf-stalks are 1.2-2.5 cm long. Flowers are borne in racemes 7-15 cm long, tapering upwards. Flowers are stalked, reflexed, arranged in few-flowered whorls. Sepal tube is 6 mm, with triangular teeth, without any frilly hairs. flower-stalk half its length. Flowers are funnel-shaped, tube protruding from the sepal tube, petals velvet-hairy. Stamens 1.2 cm long, hairless, prominently protrude out. Travancore Shrub-Mint is probably endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Dr. Jomy Augustine Photographed in Eravikulam National Park, Munnar, Idukki distt., Kerala.

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