Sticky Germander
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Sticky Germander
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Sticky Germander
Botanical name: Teucrium viscidum    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Teucrium stoloniferum

Sticky Germander is a perennial, runner-bearing herb, with erect stems 30-70 cm tall. Leaf-stalks are 1-3 cm, nearly hairless; blade ovate to ovate-oblong, 3-10 cm, nearly hairless or very sparsely finely velvet-hairy, base rounded, broadly wedge-shaped to wedge-shaped, margin double rounded toothed-sawtoothed, tip pointed to short tapering. Flowers are borne in spikes on upper parts of stem and branches, 3-7 cm, densely glandular velvet-hairy. Verticillasters are close together, 2-flowered; bracts lanceshaped. Flower-stalks are 1-2 mm, densely glandular hairy. Calyx is bell-shaped, 2.8-4 x 2.2 mm; teeth straight, subequal, less than 1/2 as long as calyx tube, upper 3 ovate-triangular, lower 2 triangular. Flowers are white, reddish, or purplish, 6.5-7.5 mm, tube about 3 mm; middle lobe circular, lateral lobes ovate-triangular, blunt. Style is as long as stamens. Sticky Germander is found in Eastern Himalayas, Nepal to Bhutan, Assam, Bengal, China, Malaysia, at altidues of 100-1500 m. Flowering: June-November.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, J.M. Garg Photographed in East-Siang, Arunachal & Siliguri, West Bengal.

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