Panicled Shrub-Mint
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Panicled Shrub-Mint
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Panicled Shrub-Mint •• Hindi: दक्षिणी पचौली Dakshini Pachouli • Kannada: ಪಚ್ಚೆ ತೆನೆ Pacche Thene • Konkani: दक्षिणी पाचोली Dakshini Pacholi • Malayalam: ഭൂതചെടയൻ Bhoothachedayan, മലമ്പോത Malampotha • Marathi: दक्षिणी पाचोळी Dakshini Pacholi • Tamil: தென் பச்சுளி Then Pacchuli Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Pogostemon paniculatus    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Elsholtzia paniculata, Hyssopus cristatus

Panicled Shrub-Mint is a branched erect herb, with angular velvety branchlets, simple opposite leaves in unequal pairs. Larger ones 6.5-8.2 x 3.5-6 cm, smaller 2.5-3.8 x 1.8-2.2 cm long, hairy above, velvety below. Small purple flowers are borne in one-sided panicles, up to 20 cm long, in leaf axils and at branch ends. Flower-stalks are 2 mm long, flowers up to 1 cm long, sepal cup bell-shaped, sepals 5, up to 5 mm long. Purple flowers are 2-lipped, with narrow tube up 4 mm long. Upper lobes are larger, 3-lobed, unequal, lower lobes smaller, entire, spreading. Stamens are 4, protruding. Fruit is a nutlet. Panicled Shrub-Mint is found in SW India and parts of SE Asia. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed at Yana Rocks, Karnataka.

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