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Narrow-Leaved Catmint   
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Narrow-Leaved Catmint
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Narrow-Leaved Catmint
Botanical name: Nepeta linearis    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Glechoma linearis

Narrow-Leaved Catmint is a perennial herb with several, erect stems, 1-2 ft tall, arising from a tuberous or fusiform rootstock, branched or not, leafy. Leaves are linear, 2.5-9 cm x 1.5-5 mm, stalkless, base narrow, entire-margined, pointed, densely hairy below with stalkless oil globules. Flowers are borne in an ovoid head or an oblong spike, continuous or interrupted, up to about 4 cm long. Inner bracts are linear-subulate, ciliate, shorter than sepals. Flowers are congested, flower-stalks 1-2 mm. Sepal is 9-10 mm, purplish, tubular-obtriangular, glandular-hairy, throat straight, teeth about 1/2 as long as the tube, long-pointed, spiny. Flowers are lilac to purplish pink, 1.2-1.5 cm, tube protruding, slightly curved, upper lip hooded. Narrow-Leaved Catmint is found in Pakistan, Kashmir, and NW Himalayas. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed below Gulmarg, Kashmir & Lahaul, HP.
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