Indian Squirrel Tail
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Indian Squirrel Tail
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Indian Squirrel Tail • Hindi: Bhamber, Bhirmoli, बिंदा Binda, पांसरा Pansra • Kannada: ತುಗ್ಗಿ Tuggi • Marathi: भामण Bhaman, Dasai • Nepali: धुर्सुली Dhursuli • Oriya: Bosik • Konkani: भामिनी Bhamini • Nepali: धुसुरे Dhusure, दोसुल Dosul, धुल्सु Dhulsu, धुर्सुली Dhursuli • Mizo: Kawihthuang-suak
Botanical name: Colebrookea oppositifolia    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Indian Squirrel Tail is a branched shrub, growing to 1-3 m tall. Light colored stems are stout. There are many pale branches which are hairy when young. Oppositely arranged light green leaves are crowded at branch ends. The leaves are oblong, lancelike, finely serrated, 10-15 cm long, darkish green above, whitish hairy below. Numerous tiny white flowers occur in panicles of upright spikes, 5-10 cm long. The flower spikes look hairy, and resemble squirrel's tail. Indian Squirrel Tail is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, Punjab, Western Ghats, and many other parts of India, at altitudes of 250-1700 m. Flowering: December-April.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Maharashtra & Uttarakhand.

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