Small-Flowered Gomphostemma
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Small-Flowered Gomphostemma
P Native Photo: Angela Pangkam
Common name: Small-Flowered Gomphostemma
Botanical name: Gomphostemma parviflorum    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Gomphostemma multiflorum, Gomphostemma dichotomum

Small-Flowered Gomphostemma is a small much branched aromatic herb with numerous velvet-hairy and hairy stems, 7.5-40 cm long from a woody root stock. Flowers are yellow, 2 cm long, with straight notched or 2-lobed upper lip and spreading 3-lobed lower, lower longer pair of stamens slightly protruding. Flowers are borne in lax or dense cymes in leaf-axils. Bracts are up to 1.5 mm long, lanceshaped, pointed, gray velvet-hairy on both surfaces, calyx 1.2 cm long, velvet-hairy, tube shortly nerved, teeth 5, bristly, densely grey-woolly. Leaves elliptic-ovate, up to 22 x 8.5 cm, star-shaped-hairy on the upper surface, star-shaped-gray woolly on the lower, tip pointed or tapering, margin toothed, base wedge-shaped, leaf-stalk to 4.5 cm long.Nutlets usually solitary, 6 mm long, fleshy. Small-Flowered Gomphostemma is found in densely forested valleys, shady areas in dense forests, at altitudes of 600-1500 m, in East Himalaya, Bangladesh, China South-Central, Jawa, Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed on the banks of Sibo-Korongg River, East Siang distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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