Long-Bract Catmint
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Long-Bract Catmint
ative Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Long-Bract Catmint
Botanical name: Nepeta longibracteata    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Glechoma longibracteata

Long-Bract Catmint is a more or less clump-forming, lemon-scented perennial herb with a creeping rootstock. Stems are spreading to prostrate, up to 15 cm long. Leaves are obovate to inverted-lanceshaped, about 8 mm long, with a narrowly wedge-shaped base and boldly toothed tip, grey woolly. Flowers are about 1 cm or more long, curved, violet-blue with darker spots, mixed with long, lanceshaped, often purple bracts, borne in dense rounded to ovoid heads. Long-Bract Catmint is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Himachal Pradesh, on screes and stony slopes at 4400-4800 m altitudes.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, Krishan Lal Photographed enroute to Khardung La, Ladakh.

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