Shrubby Leucas
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Shrubby Leucas
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Shrubby Leucas
Botanical name: Leucas suffruticosa    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Shrubby Leucas is a much branched undershrub, with long and stout root stock; branches round, rigid, bristly with erect-appressed hairs and few bristle-like spreading hairs. Leaves are stalkless or nearly so, opposite, 1-3 x 0.15-0.3 cm, linear, blunt, entire and curled-margined, fringed with hairs with bristle-like hairs, white woolly beneath, leathery. Flower-whorls are many-flowered, at the ends of 8-25 cm long, flowering-stem like woolly branches, sometimes flowering stem further extends ending in an another whorl of flowers, each whorl subtended by a pair of leaves. Bracts are upto 3 mm long, about half as long as calyx, linear, setaceous, hairy. Calyx-tube is 6-7 mm long, bell-shaped, hairy with golden yellow hairs; mouth flat; villi as long as teeth; teeth about 1 mm long, erect, spinulose. Flower-tube is included or about 1 mm protruding from the calyx; upper lip densely bearded with white hairs, shorter than lower. Nutlets about 3 mm long, oblong, narrowed towards base, smooth, brownish black. Shrubby Leucas is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Niligiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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