Slender Catmint
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Slender Catmint
A Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Slender Catmint
Botanical name: Nepeta graciliflora    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Glechoma graciliflora

Slender Catmint is a slender erect or rising up annual or short-lived perennial herb. Flowers are 7-9 mm, pink or lilac, tube protruding from calyx. They are borne in few-flowered, lax cymes on very slender, thread-like flower-cluster-stalks and flower-stalks, lowermost cymes borne in axils of leaves. Flower-cluster-stalks are horizontally spreading or spreading-erect up to 2.5 cm. Bracts are linear-subulate, fringed with hairs, shorter than calyces. Flower-stalks are up to 3.5 mm. Calyx is about 4.5 mm, eglandular hairy with scattered oil globules; throat oblique, hairy within; teeth unequal, subulate from a narrow triangular base, longest as long as calyx tube. Stems are simple or branched, 1-2 ft, quadrangular, with short hairs. Leaves are ovate to ovate-triangular, thin-textured, about 25-30 x 16-20 mm, eglandular hairy to hairy with numerous oil globules on lower surface, rounded toothed to sawtoothed, flat to heart-shaped, pointed. Leaf-stalks are slender, up to 2 cm on lower stem leaves, shorter above. Slender Catmint is typical to NW India, Saharanpur, Haridwar. It is found in Pakistan, Kashmir, Western Himalaya.

Identification credit: Ankush Dave Photographed in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

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