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Tibetan Woundwort   
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Tibetan Woundwort
ative Photo: Narendra Joshi
Common name: Tibetan Woundwort
Botanical name: Stachys tibetica    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Tibetan Woundwort is a perennial, woody, clump-forming, much branched plant. Stems are slender, quadrangular, erect, 20-50 cm, with a fine short eglandular indumentum. Leaves are oblong to ovate-lanceolate, 1-2.5 cm long, 0.5-1 cm wide, entire to clearly lobed, cuneate, acute, green, on both surfaces hairy with short hairs, with numerous sessile oil globules on the underside. Verticillasters are 2-, rarely up to 6-flowered, clearly distant. Bracts subulate, spiny, 3-5 mm. Sepal cup is tubular-obtriangular, 18-10 mm, ± densely covered with fine short hairs and sessile oil globules, not bilabiate; teeth triangular, c. 4 mm, equal, spinulose, erect-spreading; tube glabrous at throat. Flowers are pink, 1.5-2 cm, shortly pilose; tube narrow straight, c. 10 mm, annulate; upper lip ± straight, entire. Stamens 4, didynamous, usually curved and projecting below corolla upper lip; thecae slightly hairy. Nutlets c. 2.5 x 1.5 mm, trigonous, apically truncate. Tibetan Woundwort is found in Pakistan, Kashmir, NW India, W. Tibet, at altitudes up to 4500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Amit Chauhan
Photographed in Leh, Ladakh.
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