Woolly Leucas
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Woolly Leucas
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Woolly Leucas • Assamese: দোৰোণ doron • Hindi: धुरलू घास dhurlu ghaas, गुमा guma • Malayalam: പെരുന്തുമ്പ peruntumpa • Sanskrit: द्रोणपुष्पी dronapushpi Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Leucas lanata    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Woolly Leucas is a softly desnely wooly-haired perennial herb found on stony slopes in the Himalayas at altitudes of 700-3000 m. Leaves are densely covered with woolly hairs so that they appear silvery. Leaves are short-stalked, 2-3.5 cm, coarsely saw-toothed, with impressed veins above. Small white flowers occur in several dense whorls in leaf axils on the stem. Flowers are 2-lipped, about 1 cm across. Upper lip is hooded and very hairy, the lower lip is longer, 3-lobed, with middle lobe rounded and larger than the two blunt side-lobes. Sepal cup is tube like, 8 mm long, with 10 short teeth, densely woolly haired. Flowering: April-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed around McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh.

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