Rough Wild Lavender
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Rough Wild Lavender
A Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Rough Wild Lavender
Botanical name: Coleus scaber    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Anisochilus scaber

Rough Wild Lavender is a herb with stem woody at base and rooting at lower nodes. Flower-spikes are solitary or 3, oblong, the middle one larger, up to 4 x 1.2 cm. Flowers are purple, throat very hairy, filaments hairless. Sepal-cup is tubular, 4 mm long, finely velvet-hairy. Leaves are oblong, blunt, base flat or blunt, densely hoary woolly, rounded toothed-sawtoothed, up to 5 x 3 cm. Fruit is a nutlet, erect. Seed 1, enclosed at the base of enlarged, persistent calyx. Rough Wild Lavender is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu.

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