Starry Leucas
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Starry Leucas
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Starry Leucas • Marathi: बुरुंबी burumbi, गोमा goma
Botanical name: Leucas stelligera    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Starry Leucas is an erect branched herb, with hairy, 4-angular stem, found mostly in Western Peninsular India. The hairs are erect and spreading. Oppositely arranged, elliptic-lanceolate, leaves have serrated margins, and a sharp or blunt tip. The base of the leaves tapers into the stalk, 1.2 cm long. Flowers occur in dense axillary or terminal whorls; bracts 5 mm long, linear. Sepal tube 5-8 mm long, pubescent; throat villous with erect hairs. Sepals are 2 mm long, spreading like stars. Flower to 1.2 cm long; tube to 5 mm long, annular within; lips nealy equal. Upper lips is woolly with long, white hairs; midlobe of lower lip shortly divided into two. Flowering: November.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Sajjangad, Satara, Maharashtra.
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