Wight's Shrub-Mint
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Wight's Shrub-Mint
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Wight's Shrub-Mint
Botanical name: Pogostemon wightii    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Pogostemon hirsutus Wight, nom. illeg.

Wight's Shrub-Mint is a subshrub with branches 4-angled, bristly. Leaves are 5-6 x 3-4 cm, ovate, pointed at tip, rounded at base, densely bristly, irregularly rounded toothed; nerves 4 pairs. Flowers are borne in spikes 4-8 cm long, 1-1.5 cm broad, at branch-ends, continuous with stalked clusters of flowers, axis densely hairy; bracts linear, fringed with hairs. Flowers are perpendicular to the axis; calyx 4 mm long, sepals with bristles along margins. Flowers are 5 mm long; middle lobe of upper lip narrower, hairy; filaments bearded. Nutlets are biconvex to triangular, brown, smooth. Wight's Shrub-Mint is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: December-January.

Identification credit: Dr. Jomy Augustine Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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