Santolina Sage
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Santolina Sage
P Native Photo: Rakesh Singh
Common name: Santolina Sage
Botanical name: Salvia santolinifolia    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Pleudia santolinifolia

Santolina Sage is a woody, much branched herb. It is so named because of the resemblance of its leaves to Santolina plant leaves. Inflorescence usually consists of several, 1-2-flowered distant or approximating verticillasters. Flowers are mauve, pink to lilac often with darker markings, 5-6 mm; upper lip straight much shorter than lower. Lower theca are fertile; staminodes prominent. Sepal-cup is tubular-bell-shaped, 3-4 mm in flower and about 5 mm in fruit, with a dense indumentum of hairs, upper lip of connivent tapering-spinulose teeth. Flower-stalks in flower 1.5 mm elongating to 2.5 mm and recurved in fruit. Bracts and bracteoles are present. Stems often have a gnarled woody base, are leafy, erect, 10-25 cm tall, hairy or glandular. Leaves are borne erect to erect-spreading linear in outline with a way-curled margin and apparently or indeed pinnately cut, 5-13 x 1.5-3.5 mm, whitish grey below with glandular and eglandular hairs and stalkless oil globules, stalked. Santolina Sage is found in Iran to NW India. Flowering: February-May (and later).
Medicinal uses: Santolina Sage has traditionally used for treatment of inflammation, hypercholesterolemia, hemorrhoids and diarrhea.

Identification credit: Rohit Patel, P.S. Nagar Photographed in Savarkundla, Gujarat.

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