Erect White Lavender
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Erect White Lavender
ative Photo: N. Arun Kumar
Common name: Erect White Lavender
Botanical name: Coleus dysophylloides    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Anisochilus dysophylloides, Anisochilus albidus

Erect White Lavender is a shrub 1-2 m takk with grooved, hairy stem. Leaves are up to 7 x 1.5 cm, oblong, obtuse, stalkless, densely hairy, nerves 4 pairs, very oblique. Flower spikes are 7 mm broad, linear, solitary or 2-3 together, terminal, densely hairy; bracts 4 mm long, ovate. Flowers are whorled, thickly arranged, calyx 4.5 mm long, deflexed, densely hairy, upper lip closing the tube, entire. Flowers are about 1 cm long, white to blue, upper lip spoon-shaped, concave, lower lip 3-lobed, midlobe notched or lobuled. Nutlets are trigonous, brown, smooth. Erect White Lavender is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: September-December

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Arsikere, Karnataka.

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