Tall Figwort
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Tall Figwort
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Tall Figwort, Himalayan Figwort
Botanical name: Scrophularia elatior    Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Synonyms: Scrophularia petitmenginii

Tall Figwort is a robust herb, up to 2 m tall, often branched. Rhizomes have fibrous roots. Stems are four-edged, prominently winged, pith white. Leaf-stalks are up to 10 cm, prominently winged. Leaf blade is ovate to lanceshaped, 5-25 cm, base narrow, round or rarely shallowly heart-shaped. margin toothed to double toothed. Flowers are borne in thyrses at branch ends, up to 30 cm. Cymes are 5-8-flowered, flower-cluster-stalks 2.5-5 cm, glandular hairy. Flower-stalks glandular hairy. Sepal-cup about 3 mm; lobes ovate, margin not membranous, tip pointed to subpointed. Flowers are green, about 6 mm; lower lip with narrow middle lobe; upper lip slightly longer than lower, lobes round, about 1 mm, with overlapping margins. Stamens are about twice as long as flower, protruding. Staminodes are fanlike to obovate, slightly longer than upper lip, sometimes absent. Ovary about 2.8 mm. Style about 7 mm. Capsule is spherical-ovoid, 7-8 mm including short beak. Flowering: July-September

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh.

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