Hooded Skullcap
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Hooded Skullcap
P Native Photo: Shakir Ahmad
Common name: Hooded Skullcap, Common skullcap, Marsh skullcap
Botanical name: Scutellaria galericulata    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Scutellaria pauciflora, Scutellaria adamsii, Scutellaria epilobiifolia

Hooded Skullcap is a perennial herb with stems erect, 35-40 cm tall, slightly grooved, largely hairless, leafless basally, much branched upward. Leaf-stalks are 2-7 mm; leaves oblong-lanceshaped, 1.5-6 x 0.8-3 cm, larger basally, membranous to papery, velvet-hairy, base shallowly heart-shaped, margin rounded toothed-sawtoothed, tip pointed. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils on the upper part of stem, one-sided. Flowers are purple to blue, about 1.8 cm, glandular velvet-hairy outside, lips partly finely velvet-hairy; tube base slightly sac-like, throat 3.5-5 mm wide; upper lip semicircular, about 2.5 mm wide; middle lobe of lower lip triangular-ovate, tip notched; lateral lobes oblong, about 1.5 mm wide. Flower-stalks are about 2 mm, densely retrorse velvet-hairy. Sepal-cup is about 3.5 mm, densely white velvet-hairy outside, to 5 mm in fruit; scutellum about 0.8 mm, erect, to 1.5 mm in fruit. Hooded Skullcap is found in Temperate Eurasia, N. America. In India it is found in Western Himalaya. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Shakir Ahmad Photographed in Kashmir.

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