Heyne's Gomphostemma
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Heyne's Gomphostemma
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Heyne's Gomphostemma
Botanical name: Gomphostemma heyneanum    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Heyne's Gomphostemma is a subshrub with stem obtusely 4-angular, densely covered with starry hairs. It is named for Dr B Heyne, German botanist and traveller. Leaves are 25 x 15 cm, broadly elliptic, pointed at both ends, thickly hairy below, sparsely hairy above, toothed, nerves 5-7 pairs. Leaf-stalks are 4-6 cm long. Flowers are borne in racemes 18 x 2.5 cm. Flowers are 10 to 20 together, densely packed, bracts elliptic, pointed. Calyx is 1.2 cm long, lobed to the middle, lobes lanceshaped. Flowers are 1.5 cm long, tube 7 mm broad, cylindric, midlobe of lower lip blunt, notched, filaments unequal, hairless. Nutlets are smooth. Heyne's Gomphostemma is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.
Medicinal uses: Heyne's Gomphostemma is used to prepare medicine for rheumatism, dysentery and diarrohea by the kurichia, kuruma and kattunaika tribes of Kerala,

Identification credit: Vinaya Raj Photographed at Abbey Falls, Coorg, Karnataka.

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