Long Stalked Catmint
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Long Stalked Catmint
ative Photo: Debashis
Common name: Long Stalked Catmint
Botanical name: Nepeta podostachys    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Long Stalked Catmint is a slender plant with many spreading stems, up to a foot long, ending in cylindrical spikes of small white flowers arranged in whorls. Flowers are about 8 mm, 2-lipped - upper lip narrow, entire hooded, lower lip with the two lateral lobes bent outwards. Flower spikes are generally far separated from the upper leaves. Leaves are few, oblong- elliptic, 1-3 cm long, finely toothed, short-stalked. Long Stalked Catmint is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 2700-4300 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Kinnaur distt, Himachal Pradesh.
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