Erect Leucas
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Erect Leucas
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Erect Leucas
Botanical name: Leucas stricta    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Phlomis stricta

Erect Leucas is an erect, annual herb, 15-25 cm tall, with stem and branches 4-angled, velvet-hairy and sparsely bristlyly hairy with spreading hairs. Leaves are 2.5-6.5 x 0.3-1.5 cm, oblong-lanceshaped or linear, blunt, entire or distantly minutely toothed, velvet-hairy both sides and with scattered hairs on the veins, nearly stalkless or shortly stalked. Flower-whorls are upto 2 cm in diameter, at branch-ends, solitary, subtended by a whorl of floral leaves, rarely another whorl of flowers develops below the at branch-ends one. Bracts are 7-10 mm long, about as long as sepal-cup, linear. Sepal-tube is 7-10 mm long, tubular to funnel-shaped, straight or slightly curved, ribbed, velvet-hairy and with scattered long white hairs outside especially near the mouth, velvet-hairy within; mouth somewhat oblique; villi shorter than teeth; teeth 10, 2-4 mm long, nearly equal, subulate-needle-shaped, fringed with hairs; ribs 10, prominent within rather than outside, in continuation with 10 teeth. Flower-tube remain within the sepal-cup; upper lip bearded with white hairs, shorter than lower. Erect Leucas is native to India and Myanmar.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Belgaum, Karnataka.

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