Two-Flower Mosla
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Two-Flower Mosla
A Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Two-Flower Mosla
Botanical name: Mosla dianthera    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Cunila nepalensis, Mosla hirta, Orthodon hirtus

Two-Flower Mosla is an annual, rather slender, pleasingly aromatic herb. Stems are usually branched, erect, 15-80 cm, quadrangular, leafy. Leaves are ovate, 25-35 x 15-20 mm, regularly sawtoothed, pointed, wedge-shaped, almost hairless. Leaf-stalks on lower leaves about 1.5 cm, less above. Inflorescence is unbranched to much branched. Verticillasters are 5-15, each with 2 flowers, often on one side. Bracts are narrow oblong-elliptic, 2-3 mm, as long as the flower-stalks. Calyx in flower about 1.5 mm, soon in fruit expanding to 5-5.5 mm with two lower lobes longer than the bell-shaped tube and a subentire-flat shortly 3-toothed upper lip, 10-nerved. Flowers are purplish or white marked pink or purple, inprominent, soon falling off, about 2-2.5 mm, upper and lower lobes weakly differentiated. Two-Flower Mosla is found in the Himalayas, N. India, east to China, Amur, Japan, Malaysia, at altitudes of 700-2100 m.

Identification credit: Varun Sharma, D.S. Rawat Photographed in Gori Valley

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