Tuberous Catmint
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Tuberous Catmint
P Native Photo: Shakir Ahmad
Common name: Tuberous Catmint • Kashmiri: Kanz-gogal ﻛﻨﺰ ﮔﻮﮔﻞ
Botanical name: Nepeta raphanorhiza    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Glechoma raphanorhiza

Tuberous Catmint is a perennial herb, with fleshy walnut-sized tubers. Flowers are purple blue, tube slender, about twice as long as sepal-cup. Sepal-cup is about 4 mm; teeth fine-pointed, fringed with hairs, shorter than tube. Bracts are ovate to lanceshaped, as long as sepal-cup. Flowers are borne in ovoid, interrupted spikes less than 2.5 cm. Stems are numerous, spreading or rising up 15-45 cm tall, finely velvet-hairy basally, slightly sticky, unbranched or branched. Leaf-stalks are about half as long as blade. Leaf blade is broadly ovate to ovate-heart-shaped, 1.2-2.5 x 1.2-2.5 cm, hirtellous, base flat, margin sawtoothed-rounded toothed, tip somewhat blunt. Tuberous Catmint is found thickets along streams, in E. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, W Himalaya. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Shakir Ahmad Photographed in Kashmir.

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