Asian Lopseed
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Asian Lopseed
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Asian Lopseed • Nepali: लडबडे घाँस Ladabade Ghaans
Botanical name: Phryma nana    Family: Phrymaceae (Lopseed family)
Synonyms: Phryma leptostachya var. nana, Phryma leptostachya subsp. asiatica, Phryma asiatica

Asian Lopseed is a perennial herb, 4-angled with leaves oval to elliptic ovate, coarsely sawtoothed, tapering, lower leaves abruptly narrowed at base with .1-3.5 cm long leaf-stalk and upper one: with 2-4 mm long leaf-stalk, blade 3-10 cm long 1.5-5 cm broad, hairy bristly, 5-7 nerved. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils and branch-ends, in spikes 15-35 cm long, floral axis bristly. Flowers are more commonly alternate, rarely opposite, stalkless to nearly so. Sepal-cup is tubular, tube about 4-5 mm long, sparcely bristly prominently 5 veined, bitwo-lipped, the posterior 3 lobes subulate and hooked at the tip, about 2 mm long, lower 2 short. Flowers are two-lipped, 5-7 mm long, lower lip larger and spreading 3 fid, upper shortly bilobed, lobes rounded. Stamens inserted above the middle of the flower tube, slightly excluded in fully opened flower; larger filament 1.5-2 mm long, shorter about 1 mm long. Style is 1, about 2 mm long. Fruit is enclosed by the persistent deflexed sepal-cup, about 5 mm long, oblong, 5 nerved. Asian Lopseed is found in the Himalaya, from Kashmir to Nepal, Khasia, Indo-China, China, E. Siberia, Korea, Japan, at altitudes of 1500-2600 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir University, Srinagar.

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