Plantain Coleus
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Plantain Coleus
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Plantain Coleus
Botanical name: Coleus plantagineus    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Anisochilus plantagineus

Plantain Coleus is an erect or rising up dwarf undershrub, up to 25 cm tall. Stems are round-four-edged or four-edged, becoming hairless to rusty velvet-hairy, rootstock thick. Leaves are stalkless or nearly so, opposite decussate, congested at the base of flower-cluster-stalk, oblong-obovate or obovate, 8-25 x 5-12 mm, tip blunt or rounded, base wedge-shaped or narrowed, margin entire or obscurely rounded toothed, papery. Flowers are borne in unbranched spikes at branch-ends, narrow cylindric, up to 8 cm long and 8 mm wide; flower-cluster-stalks slender, up to 7 cm long, rusty velvet-hairy. Sepal-cup is ovoid, about 1 mm long at anthesis, densely hairy. Flowers are 5-6 mm long, velvet-hairy, with or without red stalkless glands, white. Plantain Coleus is found in Deccan Peninsula.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar, J.M. Garg Photographed at Mullayanagiri, Karnataka.

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