Bracted Bugleweed   
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Bracted Bugleweed
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Bracted Bugleweed • Nepali: निल फल Nil Phal
Botanical name: Ajuga integrifolia    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Ajuga bracteosa, Ajuga alba

Bracted Bugleweed is a low herb covered with soft hairs, with erect, ascending stems which arise from the rootstock, branching usually diffusely from the base and measuring 10-20 cm in length. Leaves are inverted-lanceshaped or spoon-shaped, 2.5-10 cm long, and 1-3.5 cm wide. The lower ones are stalked, the upper ones stalkless and sinuate-toothed or nearly entire. Sepal cup is hairy, with ovate-lanceolate teeth. Flowers are pale blue or white and hairy; the tube is rarely twice as long as the sepal cup, the upper lip is erect and 2-fed; the side lobes or lower lobes are oblong, and the midlobe is dilated and variable in length. Stamens protrude from the upper lip. Nutlets are ellipsoid and very small. Bracted Bugleweed is found in E. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Himalayas to Bhutan, Burma, China, Malaysia. Flowering: March-December.

Identification credit: Amit Kumar
Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
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