Wallich Germander
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Wallich Germander
P Native Photo: Angela Pangkam
Common name: Wallich Germander
Botanical name: Achyrospermum wallichianum    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Teucrium wallichianum

Wallich Germander is an unbranched herb growing up to 80 cm tall. Flowers are borne in a compact cluster 4-9 x about 2.5 cm. Flowers are white or pink or white with pink markings, 9-12 mm; tube 7-10.5 mm. Stamens are 4, anterior 2 longer, peeping out of the flower. Calyx is 7-9 mm; teeth triangular-ovate, those of upper lip 1.5 mm, those of lower lip 3.5 mm. Bracts are prominent, longer than calyx. Stem base is woody, prostrate, rooting adventitiously. Stems are 28-100 cm, velvet-hairy to becoming hairless. Leaves are elliptic-ovate, 8.5-14.5 x 3.8-6.5 cm, shortly tapering, base wedge-shaped with blade extending along leaf-stalk, margins sawtoothed, upper surface appressed hairy, lower surface velvet-hairy on veins otherwise hairless; leaf-stalk 1-3.5 cm. Nutlets are 2.5 x 1.7 mm. Wallich Germander is found from Nepal to East Himalaya, to Myanmar and Thailand, at altitudes of 600-2000 m. Flowering: August-November.

Identification credit: Paradesi Anjaneyulu Photographed in East Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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